‘I was trapped in bed for five years’: Cape Town man who used to weigh 300kg opens up about his weight-loss journey

Norman Nel recently got behind the wheel of his own car for the first time in more than 10 years.  (PHOTO: Corrie Hansen)

Norman Nel recently got behind the wheel of his own car for the first time in more than 10 years. (PHOTO: Corrie Hansen)

The bed in the corner of the lounge reminds him of a prison cell.

For five years he was held captive in it by his own huge body, unable to get up even once in all that time.

At his heaviest, Norman Nel (42) weighed 300kg and he hated himself.

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