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Milica Cosic

Man weighing nearly 50st rescued after heart attack through hole smashed in flat's wall

A man weighing nearly 50 stone had to be rescued from flat through a wall, after suffering from a heart attack.

Emergency crews were forced to smash their way in to a council flat in London in a bid to save the man from a heart attack, in an operation that reportedly cost an estimated £10,000.

Witnesses reported crews had to tear "half the building apart" in order to safely get the man out and to the hospital.

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers worked together in a 17-hour rescue mission to bring a 47 stone man down from his first-floor flat in Acton, West London.

Fire crews made a ramp out of 15 piece of 2 metre ply wood (UkNewsinPictures)

Reportedly, medics were called around 2am on Friday, 13 January to the home.

Despite treating the patient in his bed, they were forced to call for further assistance in order to get him out of the flat.

Fire crews arrived around 9am, and swiftly proceeded to knock down the outside wall and removed the windows from the properties.

Firefighters and a specialist HART Team from the London Ambulance service were part of the rescue mission on Friday (UkNewsinPictures)

They built a plywood ramp and used a special sling with rope packs to hoist the man onto a stretcher and out of the building.

Finally, at around 8pm, he was wheeled into an ambulance and was taken to a special ward at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

More than 25 firefighters, 18 paramedics, five cops and an urban search and rescue team — who normally deal with earthquakes - were part of the team that helped save the man's life.

According to reports, the man had been waiting for months to go to hospital.

The man had been waiting for months to go to hospital (UkNewsinPictures)

Neighbours told The Sun how the crew were forced to "take half the building apart."

Vernon Bannister, 74, said: "Last time I went in he had the biggest TV I have ever seen.

"This is the third time they’ve tried to take him — the last time the bed broke.

"Now they’ve had to take half the building apart. There’s other people in this building that are sick and they have to pay for it."

The rescue operation is just was one of dozens of incidents that have taken place over the last few years where obese adults had to saved by firefighters - either because they became stuck, had fallen over or needed lifting out of their homes to be taken to hospital.

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