A Saudi teen age boy who was rated as the world’s heaviest boy has lost a whopping 320 kg to weigh around 290 kg this week following intensive treatment at a specialized hospital in the Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The Arabic language daily Ajel published a picture of Khaled Al Shaeri showing him elated and smiling as he flashed a “V” victory sign at its photographer who visited him in King Fahd Medical City in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Describing him as “the conqueror of obesity”, the paper said the massive weight loss has lifted Shaeri’s morale after he had suffered from depression for many years while he was confined to his bed in the southern Saudi province of Jazan.
An army of medical and civil defence staff members had used a large crane and a massive bed imported from the US to move Shaeri, 17, out of his bedroom and transfer him to hospital four months ago at the instructions of King Abdullah.
“He is much, much better now…his treatment is progressing very well and his heart and lungs are now functioning much better….he can now move his legs and other parts of his body and can even sit on a chair…he is really responding to treatment very well,” the paper said, quoting Dr Ayed Al Qahtani, who is supervising Shaeri’s treatment.