World heaviest woman (500KG) to have weight reduction surgery in India
A 36-year-old Egyptian woman, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who is believed to be the heaviest woman in the world is one her way to India, to have weight reduction surgery. Ms Abd El Aty, who weight half a tonne (500kg or 1,102lb) will be flown on a chartered plane to Mumbai, where bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala plans to operate on her.
Ms Abd El Aty has not been able to leave her home since she was 11 years old, some 25 years ago. Her inability to leave home, cause some problems when she applied for Indian visa, as she was not able to appear at the embassy in person. Here Indian surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala tweeted to India’s foreign minister , which lead to the requirement for Ms Abd El Aty to appear in person for her visa to India to be waved.
The ups and downs of Ms Abd El Aty ground breaking surgery was extensively covered in this article on BBC news website. Some excerpts from the article and a link to the full article can be found below.
Dr Lakdawala, who has performed weight reduction surgeries on Indian minister Nitin Gadkari and Venkaiah Naidu, told the BBC that from looking at Ms Abd El Aty’s medical reports and photographs, he believes that she weighs at least 450kg.
Ms Abd El Aty’s family says she weighed 5kg (11lb) at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition in which a limb or other body parts swell due to a parasitic infection, Dr Lakdawala told the BBC in a phone call from Mumbai. “They said when she was 11, she had gained immense weight because of which she could not stand up and would crawl. “And then she suffered a stroke which left her bedridden and she has not been able to leave home since then.”
Ms Abd El Aty is cared for by her mother and sister.
Dr Lakdawala said Ms Abd El Aty’s sister got in touch with him in October and he began raising money to bring her over to Mumbai as her family was too poor and unable to bear the costs of chartering a flight.
“We are expecting to fly her to Mumbai next week as soon as the formalities are over,” he said.
Dr Lakdawala believes that Ms Abd El Aty does not have elephantiasis, but suffers from obesity-related lymphoedema which causes gigantic swelling of legs.
“She would need to remain in Mumbai for two to three months for the surgery and treatment after which she would be able to return home, but it would take two to three years to bring her body weight under 100kg,” the surgeon said.
“I’m hopeful that I will be able to help her, I won’t say I’m confident because I think that would be an exaggeration,” he added.