World's heaviest woman weighing 500 kg lands in Mumbai for surgery

Eman Ahmed broke down when she was brought out of her home in Alexandria, Egypt, yesterday. Her birth weight was a staggering 5 kilograms.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, the "world's fattest woman" will travel from her home in Egypt this weekend to a special facility in Mumbai, India, for life-saving weight reduction surgery. After the Airbus 300-600 freighter aircraft lands in Mumbai, a forklift will be used to transfer her to a special truck designed by Saifee Hospital.

Ahmed is now under the care of a Mumbai-based bariatric surgeon Muffazal Lakdawala and his team of doctors. Dr Lakdawala had previously told TOI that his colleagues had began treating from December itself, tweaking her medicines to ensure that she could take the arduous air travel to Mumbai. A dedicated team of doctors comprising Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, a cardiologist, a cardiac surgeon, an endocrinologist, a chest physician, two intensivists, and three anaesthetists will operate upon Eman and will also be involved in her post-operative care around the clock.

As a precautionary measure, the flight has also been furnished with emergency equipment such as a portable ventilator, portable defibrillator, oxygen cylinder, intubation laryngoscope and safety drugs. At Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, she was lifted by a crane from Egypt air plane and placed in a special mini truck procured by Saifee hospital.

She will be reaching Mumbai on Saturday and will be treated at Saifee Hospital.

Lakdawala said: 'Transporting Eman to Mumbai is a challenging task keeping in mind the complexities of her case as she is a high risk patient who has not been able to move or leave the house for the past 25 years'. "We have taken all the necessary precautions possible to ensure that Eman's journey to India is accomplished without a hassle".

Eman will be put on diet by nutritionist to reduce water retention in body and some weight.

At present Eman is suffering from paralysis in the right leg and right arm and due to that she can't move or walk.

Reportedly, this surgery will be conducted free of cost. She is likely to spend at least six months under Dr Lakdawala's care.

  • Joanne Flowers