Lansing Firefighters Use Forklift to Remove 900-lb. Man from Home

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- 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. They 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.