Charity Pierce, 38, is a morbidly obese woman in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At 765 lbs, she’s been dubbed by some as “The World’s Fattest Person,” and she’s trying to lose enough weight to qualify for gastric bypass surgery — not just to help herself, but so she can be healthy enough to marry her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tony Sauer.
Oh, and to possibly get on TV as well.
According to TV station KCRG, Pierce was always a heavy person, but she now suffers from a medical condition called lymphedema. The Mayo Clinic lists lymphedema as a blockage in the lymphatic system that can cause swelling in a person’s limbs, and for Pierce it impacts her left leg and hip. Pierce can’t fit inside many vehicles, it’s difficult for her to walk or exercise, and she rarely leaves her home.
“I’m determined not to have to get married at home –- I want to be able to walk up the aisle,” she told Barcroft TV in the video posted above. “We both love country music so I plan to wear a wedding dress, cowboy boots and cowgirl hat, and Tony will be in jeans and cowboy boots.”
So, who is Tony Sauer and how did the couple meet? To quote a Facebook profile, “It’s complicated.”
Eighteen years ago, Pierce had a relationship with a boy named Jimmy. They had a daughter, Charly, who is now 18, but “After Charly was born I didn’t often see Jimmy, so we weren’t ever a couple,” Pierce explained. Tony is Jimmy’s little brother — Pierce was 25 when she met 8-year-old Tony for the first time — and the couple reconnected three years ago at a party (when he was of the legal age of 18, in case you were trying to keep track). The two started dating, and Pierce told the Huffington Post UK that she and Tony were having sex “up to four times a day.”
The couple is now taking things to the next level and getting married.
Regular weight-loss plans, such as Pierce reducing her daily calories, hasn’t done the trick yet, and she thinks a gastric bypass is the way to go. However, she’ll need to lose at least 200 pounds. There is some additional hope; a Houston doctor will operate on patients who weigh more than 600 pounds. If he believes Pierce is a good candidate for surgery, her experience will be filmed for the TLC series My 600-lb. Life.
Pierce is currently running a crowd funding campaign through GoFundMe to raise $5,000 to pay for the ambulance, which is the only vehicle that can transport her. At publication, she’s almost half way to her goal, with $2428 raised.