800-pound man says hospital kicked him out for ordering pizza

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PROVIDENCE, RI – A Rhode Island man who weighs just under 800 pounds has been kicked out of the hospital for ordering a pizza.

Steven Assanti, 33, says his eating addiction is what led him to here, the trunk of his father’s SUV, with no place to go.

For the past 80 days, Steven was getting the help he needed at Rhode Island Hospital, where he lost twenty pounds. But after Steven violated his care plan by ordering pizza, Steven says the hospital told him he could no longer stay.

“I was supposed to stay there and lose all my weight and get down to 550lbs, to get the gastric bypass. That was their plan.” said Steven Assanti.

A spokesperson for Rhode Island Hospital tells NBC 10 they can’t speak about Steven or any patient’s treatment.

“And if he comes home and I do get him up the stairs some how, some way, he’s gonna go right back to his eating habits.” said father Steven Veillette.

Steven’s father says taking his son home will be death sentence. So the two men say they will continue to drive until they find a place that can help.

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