Skinny Boned

Pakistani prisoner starves himself in order to be able to wedge through prison bars, but then dies from "re-feeding" syndrome.

announcer: ABDUL WASA COLD-BLOODED KILLER

WHO BLEW UPA PAKISTANI POLICE STATION.

HE WAS CAUGHT, CONVICTED,AND SENTENCED TO LIFE

IN THIS HELLHOLEOF A PRISON.

CONSIDERING HIS CRIMEAND THE CONDITIONS OF THE JAIL,

HIS LIFEWOULD BE SHORT-LIVED...

UNLESS HE ESCAPED.

ABDUL CAME UP WITH A PLAN.

GO ON A HUNGER STRIKEAND LOSE ENOUGH WEIGHT

TO SQUEEZETHROUGH THE BARS.

OVER THE COURSEOF TWO MONTHS,

HE PARED AWAY HIS POT BELLY

AND TRIMMED DOWNJUST ENOUGH

TO GIVE HIS CAPTORSTHE SLIP.

AN HOUR AFTER HIS ESCAPE,

HE WAS BACK IN THE ARMSOF HIS TERRORIST BROTHERS.

[speaking native language]

ABDUL WAS HUNGRIER THAN A CAMELAFTER CROSSING THE SAHARA.

HE COULDN'T STUFFHIS FACE FAST ENOUGH.

- [coughing]

announcer: BUT WHAT ABDULDIDN'T KNOW WAS

THE WORST THINGA STARVING MAN CAN DO

IS EAT TOO MUCH TOO FAST.

- [speaks native language]

- [gasping]

announcer: IF HE DOES,

HE RISKS SOMETHING CALLED...

REFEEDING SYNDROME.

- WHEN DEALINGWITH STARVATION,

AND ESPECIALLYEXTREME STARVATION,

IT'S IMPERATIVE TO REINTRODUCEFOOD VERY SLOWLY.

OTHERWISE, THE BODYWILL SHIFT TOO RAPIDLY

FROM FAT METABOLISM

TO CARBOHYDRATEMETABOLISM.

THIS RAPID SHIFTWILL DESTROY

THE RED BLOOD CELLS' ABILITYTO CARRY OXYGEN,

THUS CAUSINGHIS ORGANS TO FAIL,

AND CAUSING DEATH.

announcer: ABDUL WAS A BAD MAN

WHO THOUGHT HE COULD ESCAPEHIS FATE AND FIND FREEDOM.

BUT ALLAH PUNISHESTHE WICKED

WHO DO NOT GIVE THANKSFOR THEIR BOUNTY.

- [gasping]

announcer: [with Arabic accent]PASS THE HUMMUS.

GOD IS GREAT.

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