Jon Brower Minnoch

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jon Brower Minnoch
Jon Brower Minnoch.jpg
Born (1941-09-29)September 29, 1941
Bainbridge Island,[1] Washington, U.S.
Died September 10, 1983(1983-09-10) (aged 41)
Cause of death
Edema
Known for Heaviest person ever recorded
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 1,400 lb (640 kg)
Spouse(s) Jeannette (1978–1983; his death)
Children 2

Jon Brower Minnoch (September 29, 1941 – September 10, 1983) was an American man who, at his peak weight, was the heaviest human being ever recorded, weighing approximately 1,400 lb (634 kg, 100 stone). This figure was only a close estimation, however, because his extreme size, poor health, and lack of mobility prevented use of a scale.

Early life[edit]

At the age of 12, Minnoch weighed 294 lbs (132 kg, 21 stone),[2] and by age 22 he was 73 in (190 cm) height and weighed 392 lbs (178 kg, 28 stone).[3]

Hospitalizations[edit]

Minnoch's weight continued to increase steadily until his hospitalization in March 1978 at age 37 due to cardiac and respiratory failure. That same year, he broke a record for the greatest difference in weight between a married couple when he married his 110-lb wife Jeannette and later fathered two children. Minnoch was diagnosed with massive generalized edema, a condition where the body accumulates excess extracellular fluid. Upon his hospital admission, it was estimated by endocrinologist Dr. Robert Schwartz that over 900 lbs (408 kg) of his overall body mass was retained fluid.[3]

Transportation for Minnoch was extremely difficult. It took over a dozen firemen and rescue personnel, a specially modified stretcher, and a ferry boat to transport him to University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. There, he was placed on two beds pushed together, and it took 13 people simply to roll him over for linen changes.[3]

Death[edit]

He was discharged from the hospital after 16 months on a strict diet of 1,200 kcal (5,000 kJ) per day.[3] He weighed 476 lb (215 kg), having lost approximately 924 lb (419 kg), the largest human weight loss ever documented.[4] However, he was readmitted to the hospital just over a year later in October 1981, after his weight increased to 952 lb (432 kg). With his underlying condition of edema being incurable and difficult to treat, the decision was made to discontinue treatment, and he died 23 months later on September 10, 1983, aged 41. At the time of his death, he weighed 798 lb (362 kg) with a 105.3 BMI.[3]

Preceded by
Robert Earl Hughes
Heaviest person ever recorded
1941-1983
Succeeded by
-

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birth place
  2. ^ http://www.blindloop.com/index.php/2009/11/5-heaviest-people-in-the-history/
  3. ^ a b c d e "Human Body/Extreme Bodies/Heaviest Man". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 2006-09-03. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Human Body/Extreme Bodies/Greatest Weight Loss". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 

External links[edit]