Khaled Mohsen Al Shaeri, formerly tagged the World’s Heaviest Teenager, is seen walking for the first time in years in his life with the help of a walker (a Zimmer frame).
Khaled Al Shaeri, now aged 24, from Saudi Arabia, weighed an incredible 610kg (1,345lbs) at his heaviest, he hadn’t left his bed for three years.
He has now successfully lost 320kg (700lbs) following an intensive hospital fitness routine, after being airlifted out of his Saudi Arabian home in August 2013 on the orders of the late King Abdullah, who financed his medical treatment.
Shaeri was nearly 610kg when he was taken by medical helicopter to the King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh for treatment. Nearly 30 medical staff members and civil defence men joined hands to lift the boy with a special crane ordered from the U.S. and flew him to the capital.
Doctors who treated him in Riyadh said Shaeri has shed more than two thirds of his weight and that he is still on their intensive fitness health programme to lose more. And now all his hard work was not in vain after Shaeri achieved an incredible milestone in his recovery.
Dr. Aaied al-Qahtani, the head of Shaeri’s medical team, in 2014 said that since starting the weight loss journey, Shaeri has improved heart and lung function, muscle strength, and reduced inflammation.
Members of the medical team say the young man’s spirits are high, which is apparent from Shaeri’s radiant grin as he walks. Dr. Abdeljabbar al-Yamani, the managing director of King Fahd Medical City, has dubbed him “the smiling man.”
This new video, posted to YouTube Tuesday (garnering almost 48,000 views), shows him walking for the first time in years. A custom wheelchair helped him start to become more mobile, and Shaeri who was once called the World’s Heaviest Teenager built up slowly to the proud moments on the video.