A man once labelled the fattest man in the world is set to have seven stones of excess skin removed.
Paul Mason, 54, from Ipswich, Suffolk, is set to travel to the United States to have the operation, having seen his plea to have the same surgery in the UK rejected by the NHS.
He told the BBC: "I'll be glad to take my dog for a walk down the road. I want to start looking for a job, and get on with life.
"I just can't wait to get over the recovery period."