Help for ‘world’s heav­i­est wo­man’

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

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.

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