Mexican Manuel Uribe the world's fattest man in the 2007 Guinness Book of Records, on Sunday married his friend's widow in a televised ceremony the US Discovery Channel dubbed "My Big Fat Mexican Wedding.
Mexican Manuel Uribe, the world's fattest man in the 2007 Guinness Book of Records, has married his friend's widow in a televised ceremony the US Discovery Channel dubbed "My Big Fat Mexican Wedding."
Despite shedding 230 kilograms (570 pounds) from 590 kilograms early on this year, Uribe, 43, had to be carried by a crane on his bed, where he has been confined for years, to the makeshift altar at a venue 30 minutes from his home on Sunday.
The ceremony was televised by Discovery as part of a special, exclusive program titled after the 2002 US movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," with other reporters from Japan, Germany and Argentina in tow. No other cameras or cellphones were allowed inside.
"They're married. Now everybody's clapping their hands and congratulating the couple," Monterrey Mayor and wedding witness Cristina Diaz told reporters.
Uribe has been suffering from morbid obesity since 1992. He was gripped by suicidal thoughts until February of this year when he undertook a drastic diet.
He and his wife, Claudia Solis, first met four years ago at the deathbed of a friend of his who weighed 250 kilograms (551 pounds).
The wedding reception had a "low-calorie banquet" with meat, cream of mushroom and buttered vegetables.