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300kg man trapped indoors for a year finally rescued

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A morbidly obese man who was trapped inside his house for a year has been rescued.

A large construction crane was used to pull out the 53-year-old from his upstairs apartment. A section of the wall had to be demolished for the man to be carried through. He could not go through the window or staircase due to his size.

French man Alain
Alain Panabière fell and broke his leg last year. His brother has been feeding and washing him since. PHOTO/COURTESY

The operation in the city of Perpignan, southwest France caught the attention of international media. The man identified as Alain Panabière has been trapped inside the apartment since July, 2019. 

Broken Leg

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He fell down last year and broke his leg, which rendered him immobile. Since then, Allan has been fed and washed by his brother Jean-Claude.

“A large-scale operation involving more than 50 people, including police, firefighters and medical teams, was under-way today following several weeks of preparation,” reports the Daily Mail. 

100-tonne crane

French man Alain
Using this 100-tonne crane, Alain was lowered onto a specially-made bed and driven to hospital, again in a special ambulance. PHOTO/COURTESY

“A window of Alain’s house was removed next to the street so that he could be moved horizontally….suspended from the 100 tonne crane.”

The man was then placed on a specially-made bed and  transported to a local hospital,  by a special ambulance. 

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