For the first time in 25 years, 500kg Egyptian woman steps out of her house to fly to Mumbai

An Egypt Air Airbus 300-600 freighter aircraft has been specially modified to fly Eman to Mumbai tomorrow at 4.10 am. Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala will conduct bariatric surgery on her to reduce her weight


Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, (second from right) Mumbai bariatric surgeon with Eman Ahmed (lying on the bed) and her sister Shimaa Ahmed Abd EL Aty (extreme right) at their home in Alexandria, Egypt. This is the first time that Lakdawala met Eman to examine her and prepare her for the upcoming surgery in India soon

Egyptian national Eman Ahmed will fly in a lot lighter when she lands in Mumbai tomorrow. The world’s heaviest woman has lost a significant amount of weight (doctors refused to disclose the figure) ahead of a bariatric surgery to be conducted on her at Saifee Hospital in Mumbai once they evaluate her health condition after her arrival in the city.

This is a double victory of sorts for Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala. The Mumbai-based doctor is singularly responsible for making Ahmed’s plight known to the world via a tweet to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who then hastened the visa process to ensure she undergoes surgery in the country.

Besides, Dr Lakdawala has been in constant touch with doctors treating Ahmed in Egypt as a result of which she has shed copious amount of weight, thereby making it easier for her travel. “There has been a significant amount of weight loss in her. My team, Dr Aparna Bhasker, Dr Kamlesh Bohra and Dr Abizer, has been with her for the last 10 days along with the CEO of Saifee Hospital, Huzaifa Shehabi,” said Lakdawala, who had met Eman at her house in Egypt in second week of January this year.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty hasn’t been able to move around or leave the house for past 25 years

Since then, Eman has been on very low-calorie supervised diet to downsize her risks and reduce her water retention.

According to Eman’s family, she hasn’t been able to move around or leave the house for the past 25 years. She currently suffers from severe lymphedema (swelling in arms and legs) and water retention as a result of her obesity and hypothyroidism.

“Eman is a high risk patient. She has already suffered a stroke resulting in paralysis of her right arm and leg, she cannot speak, has type 2 diabetes, hypertension, has severe obstructive and restrictive lung disease, gout and is at a very high risk of pulmonary embolism. She will need to undergo a series of diagnostic tests to ascertain every risk parameter in her treatment,” said Lakdawala.

An Egypt Air Airbus 300-600 freighter aircraft has been specially modified to fly Eman to Mumbai tomorrow at 4.10 am.

For the surgery, the doctors have arranged for a 450 kg operation table and got specialised equipment ready for the surgery. “Eman’s treatment is a process and not a single event. Initial course of treatment will involve controlling most of the risk factors before she undergoes bariatric surgery. She will need a series of bariatric procedures at optimal times over the next few years to achieve best results,” said Lakdawala.

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