Nfld. & Labrador

Second man demands MCP to cover loose skin fix

A formerly obese man man who was told government will not pay to remove loose skin from his chest was surprised to learn he's not alone.

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Another central Newfoundland man has been turned down for skin-removing surgery, reports Zach Goudie 3:13

A Botwood man who was told government will not pay for surgery to remove loose skin from his chest after he lost more than 200 pounds says he was surprised to learn another man has had the same problem.

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"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, who was compelled to speak out after seeing a CBC News report this week about Gander resident Andrew Murley.

Both men lost significant amounts of weight through healthier living, but have been rejected in having large folds of skin removed from their bodies.

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."

When he applied for the surgery, officials still turned him down. He fought it all the way to the health minister, but Jerome Kennedy also said no.

"I was absolutely disgusted," Carter said. "In the long run, I believe I saved [the] health care system tens of thousands of dollars."

Murley, 32, who went from weighing 404 pounds to 180 pounds after years of dieting and exercise, told CBC News he was shocked to hear that Carter has been denied coverage from the province's medicare plan.

Murley was told that surgery would be approved for medical necessary reasons, such as an infection.

Meanwhile, with the surgery alone costing upwards of $15,000, Carter said he is not prepared to cover the cost himself.

"I'm not going to give up fighting," said Carter.

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