Wednesday, 20. August 2014
05. 06. 14. - 16:00
Marius Stoicas is known as the Shar Pei man in his homeland.
Like the saggy skinned dog, he has rolls of extra flesh cascading down his body after losing an incredible 300 lbs on a diet.
He still weighs in at over 15 stone - but says that is a dream weight compared to his previous size that cost him his job as a bodyguard.
He said: "Sometimes I'd get work as a bouncer, and all I needed to do was stand in the doorway to keep people out, they couldn't budge me."
But he said in the end he knew it was diet or die.
Aged 34, he could not even dress himself or tie his own shoelaces when he was topping the scales at an astonishing 500 lbs.
Marius, from the Romanian capital Bucharest, now feels "a different man". Although it is hard for him to look in the mirror because of his skin hanging loose, he said he still owes "everything" to the doctor who helped to get him on the diet.
Now he will need a further op to remove the masses of hanging skin which have earned him his nickname.
"I was reborn. From 500 to 190 pounds. I could not run, I needed help to put my shoes on", Marius said. "But I will have to scrape together 5,000 EUR (4,000 GBP) before I can have the skin removed."
Plastic surgeon Cristian Radu Jecan says he is already plotting the skin op. "At a rough estimate, we will remove 8-10 pounds of tissue and a skin surface of three square feet, given that the entire surface of the body is 20-25 square feet for an adult of average weight and height. That is 10-20 percent of the total area," the doctor said.
"Because it is a very delicate surgery, there are risks," he added, saying it needed to be done carefully.
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