Saudi transports 300kg 17-year old for hospital treatment

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Saudi Arabian Civil Defence was called in to transport a 300kg 17-year old to hospital for treatment in the third significant obesity case to emerge in the kingdom in the past two months.

Fahad Al Shammari has been suffering from obesity since childhood with the weight causing health complications, Saudi Gazette reported.

A secondary school student, his obesity had limited his activities and he suffered from asthma and could hardly move on his own.

His father said that it was not a hereditary problem as his other sons were not obese, according to the Gazette.

He asked the Ministry of Health to assist with treating his son at King Khalid Hospital.

Last month it emerged the family of a 380kg obese Saudi man who died while on the way to Riyadh airport to be flown out of the kingdom for treatment has sued the Ministry of Health for negligence and claimed he was refused treatment for two years before his death last week.

The family of Majed Al Dossary, who weighed 380kg, claim he was refused treatment by hospitals in the kingdom and he was only offered care after a public outcry, Arab News reported.

It August, Saudi made headlines across the world when Khalid Mohsin Shaeri, a 22-year old Saudi man weighing 610kg, was airlifted from his home for weight-loss treatment as ordered by King Abdullah.

Shaeri had been confined to his bedroom in his home in the southern province of Jazan.

The transfer required more than 50 civil defence and medical staff as well as a crane and special medical bed imported from the US.

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