A Saudi Arabian man weighing 1,345 pounds had to have part of his house demolished so he could be airlifted to hospital, after being unable to get out of his bedroom for more than two years after he lost his ability to walk because of his size.

Khaled Mohsen Shaeri, a 20-year-old suffering from morbid obesity, is thought to be the second heaviest man ever recorded, after American Jon Brower Minnoch, who weighed 1,400 pounds. On Sunday, Health Minister Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced a multi-agency mission, paid for by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, to rescue and treat Shaeri.

"It is really a humanitarian gesture from the King to order the transfer and treatment of the patient," said Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, adding, "Once the ministry received the royal order it formed a medical team specialized in intensive care to work out the best plan to transfer the case to Riyadh and handle it as best as possible medically."

The operation demanded the services of health, civil defense and military staff, and together they removed the man from his second-story apartment in Jazan with a forklift, into the bay of a Saudi Civil Defense aircraft. He then flew with an expert medical team to Riyadh to the hospital that will perform his weight-loss surgeries.

At the air force base in Riyadh, the patient was received by Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Humaidhi, head of medical team in charge of the transfer, and Dr. Mahmoud Yamani, King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) executive director general.

Al Arabiya reported that the king had actually ordered the treatment some time earlier. However, the medical officials said they had to order a special bed and crane from the United States before they could safely make the move, causing treatment to be delayed for six months.

As of late Monday, Shaeri was undergoing surgery to remove 176 pounds from his stomach as a first step toward his recovery.

The country's Health Ministry has recently dealt with a number of obesity cases. Recently, the ministry reported that a 27-year-old patient had been successfully treated with a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and earlier in the year two obese siblings, weighing 770 and 660 pounds, received medical attention in Saudi Arabia.