Help Arrives For 700-Pound Woman

Karen Ferguson, KTTV, obese woman, Fort Worth Tarrant KTVT

After her story aired on CBS 11 News in Dallas/Fort Worth Monday night, Karen Ferguson was told that help was on the way.

At 700 pounds, she could not leave her own home to get the medical help she needs. After seeing her story, White Settlement Rehabilitation Clinic in Texas accepted her case. An ambulance crew came to take Ferguson to the clinic Tuesday. It was the first time in a year she was out in the sunshine.

To begin getting her out of the house, crews first had to get her out of the house, taking apart the banister on her handicap ramp outside. Then they brought in a special stretcher that holds 1,800 pounds.

"A miracle. Nothing short of a miracle," said Ferguson's daughter, Jerry Tedder.

Now a day-to-day fight to survive has some long term hope for living.

"She has the abilities to get out and get better. It's all in the matter of her will power, and I believe she's got it," said paramedic Chris Freed. "She's come this far and now it's up to her and her abilities to continue."

Ferguson said she's scared and somewhat embarrassed about her condition.

"I would never bring myself down to go on the news looking like this," said Ferguson on the news report. "I would wish it'd be for a cure or that I'm doing good or something. But not like this. It's hard on the family."

She also said she is excited that her lonely condition is about to come to an end.

Here's the story and the video:

Local Video from CBS 11 / TXA 21 in Dallas/Fort Worth


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