700-pound Pasadena man struggling with weight and sleep grateful for help offers


by Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 5:50 PM

PASADENA, Texas—Several people and business have offered to help a 700-pound Pasadena man who needed a special bed.

Robert Manuel was featured in a KHOU 11 story on Tuesday; the 38-year-old lost some 300 pounds since being hospitalized, but can no longer fit in a normal bed.

Bariatric beds can cost thousands of dollars and the family has been struggling for more than a month with insurance and red tape to get one delivered.

After seeing our story, Vance Hale from the Concierge Nursing home offered to donate a bed to the family.

“We had a bed sitting there, so we decided to give it to someone who can get some use out of it,” said Hale. “We’re trying to help people out, that’s what we do in our community.”

Before the bed was delivered, good Samaritan Randy Hartley brought a check to the family to help pay for Manuel’s medical bills and his weight loss.

“When he looked into the camera and said I need help buying a bed, I felt he was looking right at me,” said Hartley.

Manuel, who suffers from clubfoot, an infection in his legs, and lymph edema, can barely move. The former truck driver’s weight problem has been caused in part by a lifelong medical condition. His doctor has put him on a special diet and his family hopes he can get close to a normal weight.

“Thank you all for helping me,” said Manuel. “I always knew there were good people out there.”