World's heaviest woman arrives in Mumbai for surgery

Vickie Mathis
February 11, 2017

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.

All equipments required for any kind of emergency were also available in the flight.

One of the heaviest women in the world, she is now under the care of a city-based bariatric surgeon Muffazal Lakdawala, and his team of doctors.

She was carried in a special bed made by Egyptian artisans keeping the safety precautions in mind.

All three sides of the open roof were covered with cloth, while inside lay Eman, accompanied by her sister and four doctors from Saifee Hospital. To prepare her for the flight, the team of doctors has been in Egypt for the last 10 days to optimise the conditions for her travel.

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Abd El Aty, 36, who has not left her home in more than 25 years, will fly on a specially designed Airbus plane, custom modified to help her 1,092 pound body make the worldwide journey. 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. A team of eight doctors will monitor her health and conduct a series of tests before the surgery. "We have taken all the precautions possible to ensure that Eman's journey to India is accomplished without any incident".

She is now suffering from lymphedema, water retention, two diabetes, hypertension, and hypothyroidism, and highly obstructive and restrictive lung disease, gout and is at a very high risk of pulmonary embolism.

The surgery would be led by Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, a bariatric surgeon from Mumbai.

"There is always a risk involved while transporting a patient like Eman, who weighs about 500 kg", said Dr Lakdawala, who even ran a fund-raising campaign to raise Rs 50 lakh, the estimated cost of the surgery. She has already suffered a stroke resulting in paralysis of her right arm and leg, she can not speak coherently, has Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, severe obstructive and restrictive lung disease, gout and is at a very high risk of pulmonary embolism.

Her request for a visa was initially rejected, prompting Dr Lakdawala in December to tweet a request for help to India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj.

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