500 kg Egyptian woman reaches Mumbai to 'lose' weight

Ahmed's family contacted Lakdawala last October and he agreed to take the case, The Hindu reported.

A senior doctor, Saifee hospital said, "Since 25years, Eman has not moved out of her house and hence she will be under observation for almost a month before she undergoes the surgery". She will undergo blood tests, urine test, electro cardiogram and complete physical examination for the next two days.

He kept checking on his patient at regular intervals, as did her sister, who could be seen constantly speaking into Ms. Ahmed's ears.

Her team of doctors, headed by bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, will take a call on the future course of her treatment in the coming days.

Ahmed has had a long wait as no airliners were previously willing to fly her from Egypt to India owing to her health complications. "I want to ensure that Eman, who has been bedridden for over a decade, is able to travel back sitting in a business class seat to Alexandria", said Dr Lakdawala. She was carried in a special bed made by local Egyptian artisans keeping in with the safety precautions as laid out by the Egypt air. A crane will transfer her to a special room created for her on the first floor of the hospital.

The 36-year-old, who hails from Alexandria in Egypt, weighs over 500 kg.

The doctors had furnished a chattered flight with all essential equipment like portable ventilator, portable defibrillator, oxygen cylinders, intubating laryngoscopes and other safety drugs, besides a specially designed bed for Abd El Aty.

Bariatric surgery is essentially a stomach-shrinking bypass procedure carried out on those wanting to lose excessive weight.

Eman suffers from severe lymphoedema and water retention as a result of her obesity and hypothyroidism.

Her family told the doctor that as a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her nearly immobile. "We will perform a sleeve gastrectomy operation, " said Dr Lakdawala, who travelled with Eman and her sister Shaimaa from the airport in a truck.

The hospital has spent over Rs 2.5 crore so far in building the infrastructure to house Eman for the next six months.

According to her doctors, Ahmed will be put under observation for a month before her surgery.

  • Anthony Vega