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Disabled Former Truck Driver Looks for Transportation to Surgery

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A disabled former truck driver said his weight has gotten so out of hand he can no longer drive a car.

Now transportation is the only thing keeping him from a surgery that could put him "on the road" to a healthier life.

Charles Wolfe wants to get back to work and is scheduled for weight loss surgery. The problem is, at his size, he can't find a way to get to the doctor who wants to help him. At 670 pounds with type two diabetes, Charles Wolfe knows he's in poor health.

"I blame nobody or nothing for my weight gain. It's me," said Wolfe.

In an effort to improve the way he lives, this former truck driver is turning to surgery as a first step.

"This surgery is not going to be a cure all. It's going to help me maintain my diet, kept my weight down where I can do more exercise and have a better life."

Wolfe said he's been waiting years to have bariatric surgery, something that at his size hasn't been easy.

"If you're over a certain weight, 500, 550, they won't touch you."

Recently Wolfe found a doctor in Birmingham, Alabama who would take his case. Only, the hospital where the doctor will operate, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, is 270 miles from Wolfe's home in Covington, Tennessee.

"I have no way down," said Wolfe. "I've called everybody I know and they can't do it either because of their working situation or their vehicle."

Wolfe, who can't drive himself, is unemployed, and on disability, said hiring someone to take him, or taking an ambulance to Birmingham, won't work either. He said he's tried and it's too expensive.

"$1600 one way. I don't have the money."

The surgery to shrink Wolfe's stomach is scheduled for later this month and he can't bear to think about missing it to Wolfe not getting there is missing his chance to start over.

"It's not the fact that I want it. I need it. I've got to have it."

Wolfe said he needs help and he looks at it not as a handout but a hand up.

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