x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

610kg Saudi man airlifted to Riyadh hospital

A Saudi man weighing 610 kilograms was forklifted to hospital yesterday for medical treatment at the expense of the monarch to reduce his weight.

Khaled Mohsin Shairi was forklifted and then flown from his southwestern hometown of Jizan to Riyadh on a specially-equipped plane, the Saudi state news agency reported. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters
Khaled Mohsin Shairi was forklifted and then flown from his southwestern hometown of Jizan to Riyadh on a specially-equipped plane, the Saudi state news agency reported. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

RIYADH // A Saudi man weighing 610 kilograms was forklifted to hospital yesterday for medical treatment at the expense of the monarch to reduce his weight.

Khaled Mohsin Shairi was flown from his southwestern hometown of Jizan to Riyadh on a specially-equipped plane, the Saudi state news agency reported.

It posted a picture of overweight Shairi being lifted on a forklift out of the plane on arrival in the capital.

Acting on orders of King Abdullah, the health ministry had to acquire a specially-made bed and a crane to transfer Shairi from his second-floor apartment, SPA said.

The bed was specially made for Shairi in the United States, Sabq news website said.

The ministry did not specify the nature of treatment that the young man will undergo and his age has not been disclosed.