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Guardian story triggers help for 600-pound woman

Scores of citizens who were moved yesterday after reading of the plight of 600-pound Marissa Nelson in the T&T Guardian have offered to lend a helping hand.

Among those were DEHIX, an international charitable body; the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC); CEO of Pillars of Harmony; and members of the public.

Within hours of Nelson’s highlighting her battles with a condition known as lymphoedema, which has left her confined to a bed for the past four years at her Valencia home, help from as far as America started pouring in.

Weighing 600 pounds, Marissa pleads for help

Weighing 600 pounds, Marissa Nelson has been confined to her bed for the past four years.

Yesterday, the 32-year-old woman broke down in tears as she pleaded with Government to intervene and provide specialist medical care, urgent medication and a 24-hour caregiver.

“Please, someone, help me before it’s too late,” Nelson said during an interview at her one-bedroom Johnson Street, Valencia, home.

Nine years ago, Nelson lived a normal and healthy life.

She was married but the relationship soured and she divorced in 2005.