Earlier this week Gander resident Andrew Murley made news for trying to address a new health issue after dropping his weight from 404 pounds to 180 pounds after years of dieting and exercise: the excess of skin on his body resulting from the weight loss. Shockingly the surgery to fix the issue, which would regularly cost over $15,000, would not be covered by MCP. Now a second man has come out in support of Murley. “I thought I was the only one in Newfoundland facing this sort of issue because I’ve been fighting this for the last little while to get my surgery covered,” said Kevin Carter from Botwood. Carter is now left with 12 pounds of excess skin around his abdomen. He has had infections in the folds of his skin and his bellybutton. “It’s very hard to walk, it’s very hard to exercise, it’s very hard to move,” Carter said. “Even when I’m sleeping at night, I have to put something in between the folds and my leg just to get comfort.” Carter makes the point that his improved health has probably saved the province tens of thousands of dollars in medical care costs, and that Newfoundland should choose support those who make the decision to drastically improve their physical well-being. What do you think the province should do?

Source: CBC