After a seven hour life-saving operation, surgeons managed to detach a 41 year old man from his sofa.
Donnie Mack of Cowling, Yorkshire, melded to his DFS faux leather three-seater recliner after several weeks watching football, tennis, cricket and the Tour de France.
Selina Mack, his wife, said, “Donnie had saved up his holiday entitlement and decided to take it all at once, planning a ‘summer of sport’. He hasn’t moved for weeks – you don’t want to know about his toilet arrangements or the amount I’ve spent on Febreeze.
“On Sunday, I’d taken the children to my mother's when the batteries died in the remote control. Neighbours heard him screaming and called an ambulance. I’m very grateful to them.”
A spokesman for Airedale and Wharfedale Hospital said that surgeons had dealt with several similar cases in the past month, the most difficult being a duck-egg blue Dralon-upholstered chaise-longue with regency twist feet. “That the owner of this sofa even liked sport was something of a surprise - the angles of attachment were extremely awkward - but hospital staff rose to the challenge.”