Nursing home patient Robert Butler, who weighs close to 1,200 pounds, was moved from the financially strapped Bannister Nursing Home in Rhode Island with a crane Sunday afternoon.
Target 12 TV news channel reported on it Friday. A crane company first conducted a site survey at the nursing home in order to determine where the crane should be located to help safely move Mr. Butler.
Then, Providence firefighters from the Special Hazards Unit cut an opening to Butler’s nursing home room door to make it bigger.
Firefighters built a ramp that then helped them move Butler to a deck in the four-story building.
From there, he was placed in a medically equipped, metal container that was lifted with a crane from the deck, down to a flatbed truck.