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'My 600-Lb Life' Star L.B. Makes Desperate Plea For New Leg: 'Walking Is Painful'

my 600 lb life lb bonner plea new leg weight loss setback

May. 10 2018, Updated 5:08 p.m. ET

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my 600 lb life lb bonner plea new leg weight loss setback

My 600-Lb Life star James "L.B." Bonner has been one of the most successful participants of the franchise, but now a new medical issue is setting his weight-loss journey back. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Bonner revealed is unable to afford a new prosthetic leg. WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS

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my 600 lb life lb bonner plea new leg weight loss setback

"My insurance wont cover a new leg and I've gotten to the point where just walking is becoming very painful, let alone going to the gym and working out hard like I was before," Bonner told Radar. "In order for me to get a new leg, I'm going to have to pay out of pocket which, can be up to $4,000."

my 600 lb life lb bonner plea new leg weight loss setback

Bonner explained how his stump has been "busting open."

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my 600 lb life lb bonner plea new leg weight loss setback

The issue has even been a setback for his ongoing weight loss journey. "I've been steadily losing weight and I've knocked out some huge milestones," he explained. "But this has been a huge setback and has kind of sidelined me from the high-intensity work outs I want to do."

Bonner started a GoFundMe page, where he set a goal of $7,500 to pay for the new leg. He has received $1,310 in donations so far.

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Bonner plans to go under the knife again for skin-removal surgery. "Anything over the cost of my leg will be used to help offset the cost of my skin surgery and the bills while I recover," he said. "I'll be out of work a minimum of six weeks."

my 600 lb life lb bonner plea new leg weight loss setback

On My 600-Lb life, Bonner explained how he often ate beef sticks and pigs in a blanket when he would visit his aunt and uncle as a child. "That's when I started associated that comforted feeling with food," he said. "By the time I was 8, I was already 150 pounds." When his lower right leg was amputated in 2013 from a car accident, he drowned his sorrows in food and alcohol, and reached 650 pounds.

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When Bonner joined the show, he began dieting and exercising. He also underwent lap band surgery and beat his alcoholism by maintaining his sobriety. He is now in the 200-pound range.

Check out Bonner's GoFundMe page.

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