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

by VR Sreeraman on Sep 16 2007 12:10 PM

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.

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.