PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A Rhode Island man who weighs just less than 800 pounds has been kicked out of a hospital for ordering a pizza.
Steve Assanti, 33, said his eating addiction is what led him to the trun of his father's SUV with no place to go.
"It's an addiction and I realize that, and it's a disease," he said.
For the past 80 days, Assanti was getting the help he needed at Rhode Island Hospital, where he lost 20 pounds. But after he violated his care plan by ordering pizza, Assanti said the hospital told him he could no longer stay.
"I was supposed to stay there and lose all my weight and get down to 550, to get the gastric bypass. That was their plan," Assanti said.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said she could not comment about Assanti or any patients' treatment.
"And if he comes home and I do get him up the stairs somehow, some way, he's gonna go right back to his eating habits," said Steven Veillette, Assanti's father.
Veillette said taking his son home will be a death sentence so the two said they will continue to drive until they find a place that can help.
"I just don't know where to turn to," Veillette said. "I called everybody, everybody you can think of in the state of Rhode Island and nobody seems to be ... can help me."