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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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

Updated 19 July 2019
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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.