Khalid Mohsin Shaeri, from Saudi Arabia, was airlifted to hospital on the orders of King Abdullah – but only after a fork lift was brought in to move him.
The king had wanted to get Khalid to hospital six months ago, but the rescue operation was delayed because they had to wait for a specially built bed to be flown in from America.
Twenty-year-old Khalid, who weighs the same as two baby elephants, had been living on the second floor of a building in the southern Saudi city of Jarzan but had not left his bedroom for two and a half years.
Following the king’s orders, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry got together with civil defence and the Saudi Red Cross to organise the evacuation, which required part of Khalid’s building to be demolished.
A fork lift truck was then used to carry him to an ambulance and on to a waiting plane, which flew him to the King Fahd Medical City in the capital Riyadh for treatment.
Saudi health minister Dr Abdullah al Rabeeah said King Abdullah had ordered the rescue as a “humanitarian gesture”.
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