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After weight loss battle, 380kg Saudi man dies of pneumonia

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A Saudi man who weighed in at around 380 kilograms passed away on Tuesday, health authorities announced, after he had been admitted in hospital for two years undergoing treatment to reduce his weight.

26-year-old Majed al-Dousari died of pneumonia, as doctors said he was not responding to treatment and had severe respiratory problems.

“He died of acute pneumonia which led to complications including breathing difficulty and heart failure. He was moved to the intensive care unit, but died later,” the health department in the eastern region said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah had ordered the treatment of Dousari, who had been confined to bed at his house in the eastern Saudi port of Dammam.

Last month, the king also ordered the treatment of a Saudi man weighing 610kg who made headlines across the world.

Khaled Mohsen Shaeri, also in his twenties, underwent an operation in Riyadh to remove 80 kg (176 lbs) from his stomach after he became unable to walk.

Unable to move, Shaeri was been bed-bound for two and a half years, during which time his weight has increased dramatically.

Part of the building where Shaeri lived had to be demolished so that he could be wheeled onto a forklift truck. He was then driven to a specially equipped military plane sent by King Abdullah.