For the past five years, the 39-year-old has been a prisoner in his own home, trapped in his bed, unable to even to raise himself up to walk around.
Ricky and his wife, Cheryl, live on the island of Guam where there is no access to the type of weight loss surgery he needs if he has any hopes of surviving into old age.
In a last ditch effort to get help, Ricky finds Angie Flores on the internet—a former weight loss surgery patient herself, Angie now campaigns for patients like Ricky to get treatment.
Flores agrees to help Ricky find a way of getting to America to have the operation, but in order to qualify he must lose weight first.
TLC has followed Ricky during his nearly three-year-long battle to find a surgeon willing to take on his case and a way off the island of Guam to get the potentially lifesaving surgery he desperately needs—and the results air in a special program, 900 Pound Man, Race Against Time.
In a preview clip, Ricky is seen meeting with Dr. Vong to access how his weight loss is going (he has been ordered to slim down to 600 pounds in order to undergo surgery) but the weigh in does not go well.
"I'm feeling nervous about seeing the doctor today," Ricky says. "Because I actually should have been losing some weight."
Ricky is not the only nervous person in the house, Cheryl is also apprehensive about her husband's weigh in.
"I'm going to get scolded," Cheryl says. "No matter how much I try I tend to always give in to my husband—and it's really hard because my husband wears the pants in this relationship."
Meanwhile Ricky shares what he hopes the outcome of the meeting will be.
"My hope for today, for this meeting, is to hear the doctor say we can go through with this," he says. "That we can do the surgery. And we can prepare me for the journey to come.
"I'm going to try my best and my one goal, and my one goal only, is to get my life back."
Unfortunately though, Ricky suffers a setback when his trip onto the scales reveals he has not lost anywhere near the 100 pounds he was ordered to shed—in fact he appears to have not drop a single pound.
Tune in to TLC on Wednesday May 22 at 10/9 central to watch the first installment of 900 Pound Man, Race Against Time.