Egypt Independent

World’s heaviest woman Eman flies from Egypt to India for treatment



The world's heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed from Egypt, was admitted to an Indian hospital on Saturday morning after an eminent Mumbai-based surgeon, Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, succeeded with his fundraising initiative in order to fly Eman to India for treatment.

Local media reports in India said Eman was admitted to Mumbai's Saifee Hospital early on Saturday, to undergo weight-reduction bariatric surgery by Lakdwala, who petitioned India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj two months back for permission for Eman to travel to Mumbai for treatment.

Confirming Eman's admission, a spokesperson for the doctor said that a thorough evaluation will be carried about before in the next two days.

With her arrival in Mumbai, Eman, who weighs over 500 kg, thus completed her first trip outside her home in over 25 years, Times of India said on Saturday.

Dr Lakdawala had previously said that his colleagues had began treating from December itself, tweaking her medicines to ensure that she could take the arduous air travel to Mumbai.

Eman has suffered from obesity since she was a child due to a hormone imbalance and problems with her glands.

As she reached adulthood, she gained so much weight that she could only move around her house in Smouha, eastern Alexandria, by crawling on her hands and knees.

Now she weighs 500 kg and can’t even leave her bed.

Eman's family has tried and failed to find appropriate treatment for her disease in Alexandria.

Many doctors have reviewed Eman's case, including in Greece, but she has continued to gain weight, despite having no increase in appetite or food consumption.

Two years ago, Eman was able to crawl around on her knees. Then she suffered an injury and her health deteriorated, leading to a stroke. She is now paralyzed and incapable of movement, spending all her time in bed.