‘Biggest loser’ sheds 320kg in 4 months

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Updated 04 February 2014
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‘Biggest loser’ sheds 320kg in 4 months

This is a rare record that will go down as an achievement for “losing!” Yes, Khaled Mohsen Al-Shaeri, a young Saudi man from Jazan, has set the record for losing most weight within a short period.
Suffering from extreme obesity, Al-Shaeri was successful in cutting down his weight from 610 kg to 290 kg following specialized treatment at the King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh. Losing 320 kg in four months is a record, medical experts have asserted.
Al-Shaeri was shifted from Jazan to KFMC in an air ambulance following directives from the king. Al-Shaeri’s treatment has now reached an advanced stage, said Dr. Ayed Al-Qahtani, consultant, laparoscopic surgery and obesity at KFMC.
His heart and lungs are functioning properly and the medical team treating him has reported considerable improvement in his muscle power and ability to move his legs. Al-Qahtani said: “We have also manufactured a custom-made huge wheelchair for him. This again is a record in that it is the largest medical chair in the world.”
Twenty-one consultants and 15 nurses besides his mother have been taking care of Al-Shaeri. In the first three months of treatment, he lost 150 kg. A surgical operation of the abdomen helped him lose a further 170 kg.
“We have been providing him with special food imported from the US,” Al-Qahtani said. Before his admission to hospital, a medical team visited Al-Shaeri at his house in Jazan where he was given treatment until he was brought to Riyadh. In the past, Al-Shaeri used to sleep on three beds and now he sleeps on one.


Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

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Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces on Monday shot down two ballistic missiles heading towards Jeddah and Makkah, Al-Arabiya reported Monday, citing eyewitnesses.

The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Al-Arabiya said Saudi authorities are expected to issue a formal statement later.

Houthi militants in Yemen have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched a missile towards Makkah.