Lansing firefighters use forklift to remove 900-lb. man from home

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Firefighters cut a hole in the side of a house and used a forklift to extricate a 900-pound Lansing man from his second-floor bedroom.

A visiting nurse called in rescue workers after determining that the 33-year-old man needed medical help.

Firefighters lowered the man on a platform and slid it onto a flatbed truck to take him to a city hospital. The covered him with a tarp to shield him from onlookers.

The man had not left his home since 2003. His brother says he suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome. It's a rare genetic disorder that creates a chronic hunger feeling that can lead to overeating and life-threatening obesity.

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