Help for ‘world’s heaviest woman’
AN Egyptian believed to be the world’s heaviest woman was yesterday being flown to India for weight-reduction surgery after intervention from the country’s foreign minister ensured her a visa.
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, weighs about 500kg.
She was due to arrive in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, overnight her doctor, Muffazal Lakdawala, said.
She was being flown on a specially modified Airbus and would be taken to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital upon arrival.
“To prepare her for the flight, a team of doctors has been in Egypt for the last 10 days to optimise the conditions for her travel,” Dr Lakdawala said. Ms Abd El Aty’s family said that as a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her almost immobile.
She later suffered a stroke and was rendered bedridden, triggering a series of ailments.
After hearing about her case Dr Lakdawala had offered to carry out the procedure free of charge.
Her request for a visa was initially rejected, prompting Dr Lakdawala in December to request for help from India’s foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj.