610-kg man airlifted from Jazan to Riyadh for surgery

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Updated 22 August 2013

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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Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

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Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

  • Mohammed bin Salman says value of investments to increase rapidly over next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he expects Saudi Arabia’s investments in India will be worth $100 billion in the next two years.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said the Kingdom had invested $10 billion in technology and small companies in India which had “achieved very remarkable returns.”

Speaking on the second day of hist India visit, and after the signing of five agreements with Modi, the crown prince also said that there were many opportunities for India in Saudi Arabia.

“We expect that the opportunity we are developing in India in many fields will exceed 100 billion dollars over the next two years,” Prince Mohammed said. “We want to work as two governments to ensure these investments and achieve beneficial returns for both countries. 

“We also hope that relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India will contribute to providing more opportunities for Indian laborers and manpower to contribute to the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and building the Kingdom's Vision 2030.”



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The crown prince spoke of the depth and history of relations between the two countries, acknowledging the role Indian labor and businesses had played in the Kingdom’s development.

He also said the economic partnerships were grounded in the two nation’s similar challenges - “extremism, terrorism and the security of the Indian Ocean.”

He said Modi’s visit to the Kingdom in 2016 had achieved investments worth $44 billion in refining and petrochemicals.

The two countries planned to expand India’s oil storage capacity to make India an “important regional center in distributing oil and its products.”

The crown prince and Modi earlier oversaw the signing of agreements in the fields of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting.

The crown prince arrived in India after a two-day trip to Pakistan as part of a tour of Asia.

Earlier he attended a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi after landing in the country on Tuesday evening.