Man loses 390 pounds, seeks help for skin removal surgeries

Remember Brian? Deena Centofanti talked to him last year about losing almost 400 pounds. Now, he needs help losing a bit more: all that excess skin.

You may remember Brian Flemming's story. He once weighed 625 pounds and lost an astonishingly large amount thanks to a stranger in England. Now, he needs a bit more help for what the weight left behind. 

Brian once weighed 625 pounds. He told FOX 2's Deena Centofanti last spring that he was inspired by a woman he met while playing the game Draw Something. The complete stranger gave him the confidence to get up and get moving. 390 pounds later, Brian was a different man.

Watch the original story FOX 2's Deena Centofanti put together last spring.

Brian said he was 500 pounds in college and he suffered from depression. Finding comfort in massive amounts of food and alcohol, he admits to drinking a fifth of vodka each night.

Draw Something changed his life. He was randomly paired up with a British woman and she gave him the motivation.

Now, almost a year later, Brian is down to 235 pounds and a size 38 waist. As his body shrinks, the big problem now is the skin.

He said on YouTube that he has 30-40 pounds of excess skin. He unveiled his body in a five minute long YouTube video.

He wrote "This is very difficult for me to show, but it is a constant reminder of who I was when I was obese. It is embarrassing and leaves me very self conscious. It give(s) me back pains and keeps me from doing healthy things that I now love, like running. I have not gone swimming in over 10 years because I was ashamed when I was obese and now I am ashamed because of my skin. I hope to one day get it removed so that I can move on once and for all."

Brian is just a few thousand dollars shy of reaching his goal of $20,000. Click here to donate.

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