- On December 8, 2016, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helped world’s heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed from Egypt, get a medical visa for Mumbai to treat her obesity.
- On February 11, 2017, she landed in Mumbai.
- On March 7, she underwent her first surgery as part of her weight loss treatment.
- Eman, who once weighed 500kg, has now lost 100kg
“We had put her protein rich liquid diet along with dairy and fibre supplements. She managed to lose nearly 100 kilos. Our aim was to reduce water retention form her body. While we are still awaiting her genetic test results, we decided to take her up for the surgery,” said a senior doctor from Saifee Hospital who is part of the team monitoring Eman’s treatment.
Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala, Saifee Hospital’s bariatric surgeon who is singularly responsible for making Eman’s plight known to the world, had tweeted to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help Eman. Following which Swaraj had hastened the visa process to ensure she undergoes surgery in India.
For Dr Lakdawala, who had previously operated upon a person weighing 300kg who now weighs 120kg, Eman’s weight loss journey is a miracle.
At the beginning of the treatment, doctors had targetted a weight loss of 50kg. Doctors said they were surprised that she managed to lose 100kg in less than a months’ time.
After the sleeve gastrectomy operation, doctors said Eman has been recovering well and is under observation. They plan to send her back to Alexandria and keep her under observation, until she returns for next procedure.
So far, the hospital has collected around Rs60 lakh through crowdfunding for her treatment.
Eman was confined to bed in her Alexandria home in Egpyt for last 25 years. She was flown to Mumbai from Alexandria in a cargo plane and transferred to Saifee Hospital on a mini-truck. The hospital had made a customised bed and kept her in a specially-prepared room on first floor of the hospital. An all women nursing staff have been taking care of her.