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600-kg Saudi forklifted to hospital

AFP-JIJI

A Saudi man weighing 610 kg was forklifted to a hospital on Monday 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, SPA 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 custom-made bed and a crane to transfer Shairi from his second-story apartment, SPA said.