Life-threatening rescue: crane takes 300-kilo man out of his apartment

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Life-threatening rescue
Crane takes 300-kilo man out of his apartment

In France, rescue workers have to rescue an extremely overweight man with heavy equipment from his home. The 53-year-old has barely been able to move for a long time. He spent the last year lying on the floor. But rescue is not without danger for the overweight person.
A Frenchman weighing around 300 kilograms was rescued from his apartment with a crane. The massively overweight Alain Panabière could hardly move recently, as the prefecture of the southern French city of Perpignan announced. The 53-year-old was heaved into a white container by rescue workers and then lowered out of the window. He is now being treated in the hospital.

Panabière had been lying on the floor of his apartment for about a year, “after he apparently broke his leg,” said his lawyer Jean Codognès. The man’s brother came by regularly to feed him, but his health was deteriorating rapidly. The rescue was preceded by a dispute between the family and the authorities. Panabière recently filed a complaint for “failure to provide assistance”.

House facade torn

The rescue operation was life-threatening for the man and required several hours of preparation, the prefecture also announced. In order to hoist him out of the window, the facade of his house had to be partially torn down. More than 50 helpers were on duty: in addition to medical staff, firefighters and police officers.

If a “person who has not been mobile for two to five years” is suddenly moved, there is a risk of life-threatening thrombosis or other complications, explained the doctor Antoine Avignon, who will now look after Panabière at the University Hospital of Montpellier. According to the prefecture, the neighbors were “asked to leave their homes temporarily” so as not to take any risks during the rescue.

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