610-kg man airlifted from Jazan to Riyadh for surgery

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Updated 22 August 2013
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610-kg man airlifted from Jazan to Riyadh for surgery

RIYADH: A 20-year-old man suffering from extreme obesity was extracted from his home in Jazan on Monday and airlifted to the national capital in an elaborate operation that involved Ministry of Health, Civil Defense and military personnel.
Khalid Mohsen Shaeri, weighing 610-kilogram, had to be extracted from the second floor of an apartment building with the use of a forklift. He was then flown to Riyadh on board a special plane, accompanied by a special medical team, and taken to the King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) for treatment.
At the air force base in Riyadh, the patient was received by Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Humaidhi, head of medical team in charge of the transfer, and Dr. Mahmoud Yamani, KFMC executive director general.
Shaeri was expected to be operated on to remove excess flab by the same team that successfully performed surgery on a 250-kg man also suffering from extreme obesity.
On Sunday, Health Minister Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced the mission to fetch Shaeri from Jazan on orders of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah.
According to SPA, a multi-agency team conducted an experiment to extract the patient from his second floor apartment in Jazan to an ambulance and then to the evacuation plane, to ensure that the evacuation would go smoothly.
Dr. Ayed Al-Qahtani, consultant laparoscopic surgery and obesity at KFMC, had said surgery have to be performed urgently on extremely obese patients such to avoid complications.

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Saudi Arabia says deposits $250 million into Sudan's Central Bank: statement

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia says deposits $250 million into Sudan's Central Bank: statement

  • Saudi Arabia and UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan
  • The remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it deposited $250 million with the Sudanese central bank, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s ministry of finance.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan, after mass protests led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir last month.

The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate," the statement said.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have deposited now $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first instalment of the joint package of aid.

The remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives.

Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, confirmed that this deposit constitutes an extension of the Kingdom’s support to the Sudanese people.

He added that this support will strengthen the financial and economic situation in Sudan, especially the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound, which should reflect positively on the living conditions of the Sudanese citizens.