Ailing Obese Saudi Man Needed Dozen Men to Lift Him to Hospital

by VR Sreeraman on  September 16, 2007 at 12:10 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
An obese Saudi man weighing more than 400 kilogrammes (880 pounds) needed a dozen men to help transport him to hospital, the daily Okaz reported Friday.

The age of the sick man, identified only by his initials A.S., was not given.
Ailing Obese Saudi Man Needed Dozen Men to Lift Him to Hospital
Ailing Obese Saudi Man Needed Dozen Men to Lift Him to Hospital

It took the coordination of the Red Crescent Society and the Civil Defence to take him to hospital in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

The hospital also had to find a bed that could support his weight, according to Okaz which also published a photograph of the patient.

The man had previously had surgery to make him drop from his former weight of 230 kilos to 130 kilos, but then his condition worsened as his weight soared again, the newspaper cited a hospital official a saying.

Saudi Arabia has an estimated population of 22 million, including more than six million foreigners, and "has more than three million obese people," said Dr. Walid Boukhari, head of surgery at a Jeddah hospital.

The kingdom spends more than three billion dollars annually in health expenses on obesity-linked diseases, the daily al-Watan reported in February.

Diseases related to obesity include arthritis and asthma and more serious illnesses such as cancer of the breast and colon and heart attacks.

Source: AFP

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

View All

More News on: