MTO News has learned that Dr. Now, the star doctor of the TLC series My 600 Lb Life, has been fired and the series could be canceled.
The shocking report was made by a person described as a “prominent ex-cast member” who requested anonymity (we assume this is because of legal contract reasons).
What happened? It’s kinda scandalous.
This former cast member proceeded to tell media outlets they haven’t actually had their stomach stapling surgery and are currently stuck in limbo. According to the cast member, there are several issues involving Dr. Now and the network. Insurance that covers the TLC doctor’s surgery..
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It’s not just one 600 Uber driver who hasn’t had their surgery.
According to a report, there are Nearly a dozen cast member who were approved for the surgery are still in limbo.
Here’s the real thing. TLC cannot afford to deal the mounting lawsuits against Dr Now, brought by former cast members, and their families in some cases.
Furthermore, the lawsuits present a massive issue for the insurance company that foots the bill for Dr. Now’s surgery and any additional care. Dr. Now has become a liability for the insurance companies due to the slew of lawsuits.
Cast member claims that The insurance company has dropped Dr. Now, and will not cover any more of his patients.
We are being told that Dr. Now is too costly for the network to continue working with him due to the lawsuits and lack of insurance.
Colleen Shepard sued Dr. Now in 2007 after Tina Shepard’s death one year after having her gastric bypass procedure performed by the doctor. She claims he did not properly follow up. Since then, the doctor has explained that they called Tina Shepard multiple times to get her to follow up on the matter, but she never showed up.
Two lawsuits against Dr. Now were filed in 2012. Both of these cases were dismissed. One was a case in which a patient claimed Dr. Now had incorrectly diagnosed her husband. The other was a claim that Dr. Now had left a piece of tubing measuring roughly 6.6 inches inside her colon, which she said punctured her colon.
The TLC doctor faced a $250 million suit by a patient claiming he botched her abdominoplasty — the patient dismissed the suit in 2018. Finally, Dr. Now was charged with leaving a stainless steel connector and tubes inside a 72 year-old woman in 2017. The claim seems to be ongoing.