This was on TV yesterday on WPEC-TV, Channel 12, West Palm Beach and covered in greater detail in today's Palm Beach Post. In Stuart, FL, a 450-pound (or 600 pound depending on who's telling the story) woman dies after being taken from her home, still "glued" to the sofa she had refused to leave for six years. It gets worse. The 39-year old woman had refused to leave the sofa even to toilet herself, thus she had done all of "that" right in the sofa. As a result her skin had actually become fused with the fabric of the sofa. Rescue workers could not remove her from it for that reason, so they had to take both her and the sofa by truck--as an ambulance could not accomodate the pair--to Martin Memorial Hospital South. It is said the stench of the sofa and surrounding area was so noxious that rescue workers had to wear protective clothing and use ventilating hoses while they planned a strategy for getting the woman to the hospital. Their plan which took hours to implement included removing sliding glass doors to take the woman and the sofa out of the filth and feces filled room in which she resided. All the effort was for naught as the woman died, still attached to the sofa, shortly after reaching the hospital. Neighbors said they never even knew she lived there. They only knew of the 54-year old man who "cared" for her. The Florida Department of Children and Families has never been called to the home and did not know such a situation existed. An investigation is now taking place as to how such a thing could happen and possible charges of abuse and neglect may be filed. My own editorial comment here is that I just cannot imagine the pain and suffering this woman must have endured over the years and question how she could have survived so long under these unspeakable conditions.