PHOTOS – Dramatic Scenes As The 610 Kg Man is Airlifted

August 22, 2013
Khalid Mohsen Shaeri is removed from his Jazan apartment with a forklift

A Saudi Arabia man who may be the heaviest person in the world is now getting proper medical treatment, thanks to his king. Khalid Mohsen Shaeri, who weighs 1,345 pounds (610 Kg), was extracted from his Jazan home and airlifted to a medical facility in the capital city of Riyadh on Monday, Arab News reported.

Shaeri is lowered from the building during an operation that was six months in the making.

King Abdullah gave the green light for officials to destroy part of the building so that they could airlift Shaeri out of the second-floor apartment using a forklift.

The operation was tough to plan because Shaeri lives on the second floor of his building.

The king also flew in a special “rescue bed” from the U.S. to make Shaeri’s ambulance trip more comfortable, the Independent reported.

The 20-year-old Shaeri weighs 610 Kg, and likely will have surgery soon.

Shaeri was taken to the King Fahd Medical City facility once arriving in the capital and is expected to undergo surgery soon, according to Arab News. The Red Cross, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry and military personnel all took part in the expensive operation, which reportedly took six months of preparation.

Shaeri is put on a special plane for his flight to the capital.
Shaeri is taken onto the plane en route to the King Fahd Medical City facility.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia signed off on the expensive trip.

At the moment, the 20-year-old Shaeri is not recognized by Guinness World Records as the heaviest person in the world. That distinction belongs to Manuel Uribe of Mexico, who weighed 1,235 pounds in 2006. By last year, Uribe had lost more than 200 pounds.

Officials prepare him for the plane ride on a special ‘rescue bed.’

– New York Daily News

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