Thanks to the intervention of an Indian doctor, a woman who is considered to be the world’s heaviest, weighing at 500 kg (1,100 lbs), will be flown to India to undergo weight reduction surgery.
According to Asia One, 36-year-old Eman Ahmed Abd Aty will be flown from her home in Egypt via a chartered plane to Mumbai where she will undergo an operation. Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala will perform bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, on Eman.
Initially, Eman’s visa was denied by the Indian Embassy in Cairo which made it impossible for her to travel there in person. However, things changed when the surgeon posted a tweet addressing India’s foreign minister.
Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister who is confined in a hospital, awaiting kidney transplant was quick to respond to the doctor’s request. The doctor asked the minister to help her get Eman to India so he could help save her life.
Eman’s family said that she has not been able to leave the house for 25 years now. They also claimed that she weighs approximately 500 kg. If this is true, then she holds the record for being the world’s heaviest woman alive.
— Dr Muffi Lakdawala (@DrMuffi) December 5, 2016
Her family revealed that Eman weighed 5 kg at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis. It is a condition where limbs and other parts of the body swell due to parasitic infections.
“They said when she was 11, she had gained immense weight because of which she could not stand up and would crawl,” Dr. Lakdawala said. “And then she suffered a stroke which left her bedridden and she has not been able to leave home since then.”
Eman’s sister got in touch with the doctor in October who began raising money to be able to bring her to Mumbai via a chartered plane. Dr Lakdawala said that Eman would need to remain in Mumbai for two to three months because of the surgery and treatment. He added that it would take around two to three years to be able to bring her weight to under 100 kg.
“I’m hopeful that I will be able to help her, I won’t say I’m confident because I think that would be an exaggeration,” he added.