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Saudi Arabia’s heaviest man sheds half his weight

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Saudi Arabia’s heaviest man lost around half his weight since his admission to King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh, last August.

Khaled Shaeri, a 22-year-old, underwent an operation to remove the excess weight and now follows a strict diet and rehabilitation program under the supervision of a large team of doctors at the medical city.

Shaeri now weighs less than 300 kilograms, down from his starting weight of over 600 kilograms.

“Before the surgery, Khaled used to consume extremely unhealthy foods, after the operation his appetite drastically changed for the better. He is taking his medication and is following a strict diet of healthy foods, designed especially for him,” Dr. Ayed al-Qahtani, a consultant of laparoscopic surgery and obesity at KFMC, told Al Arabiya News Channel.

Despite the difficulties he faced, Shaeri was persistent enough, to keep trying and not give up.

Al Arabiya’s correspondent, Hani Sufayyan, visited Shaeri in the hospital, and had a small chat with him.

Shaeri receives a number of visitors every day, welcoming them with a smile and a friendly disposition.

Among his visitors are celebrities, who take the trip to check up on him, after his case made headlines in Saudi and regional media.

“I worked for the UNICEF three years ago, and a study recorded 7,000 obesity cases among children during al-Janadriya heritage festival in Saudi Arabia. I send a message to parents to watch out for their children, because obesity is quite difficult. Today we are happy that Khaled did the surgery and got rid of a lot of weight,” Fayez al-Maliki, a popular Saudi comedian, told al Arabiya.

A special bed and a crane were ordered for Shaeri from the United States, reported Saudi media last year, and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ordered the health ministry to provide full medical treatment for him.

Shaeri is now capable of moving more comfortably and with greater ease. His next challenge is walking, one of his doctors said.