Photos: World's heaviest woman's journey from Egypt to Mumbai

Updated: Apr 14, 2017, 19:34
  • Photos: World's heaviest woman's journey from Egypt to Mumbai
    In October 2016, it was reported that Eman Ahmed Abdulati, only 36, had not left her home in Alexandria for 25 years, unable to move from her bed or even roll over because of her enormous size. She relies on her mother and sister Chaymaa Abdulati to perform everyday tasks like eating, changing clothes, cleaning and relieving herself. Abdulati was born weighing a staggering five kg and was diagnosed with elephantiasis. But by the age of 11 she couldn't support herself while standing up due to her weight and thus resorted to crawling around the house. She had to drop out of primary school after suffering a cerebral stroke, which left her bedridden. Since then, Eman has remained in her room -- totally stationary and unable to do anything
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  • Photos: World's heaviest woman's journey from Egypt to Mumbai
    As Eman kept gaining weight, her sister began to write to doctors across the world, desperately searching for someone who could save her life. Finally, the family's prayers were answered by Mumbai-based bariatric surgeon, Dr Muffazzal Lakdawala. According to him, Eman is suffering from acute obesity and he believes that surgery finally give Eman the life she has always wanted. I have a friend in Egypt who informed me about the case and I agreed to help the patient. The family went through my profile and agreed to come to Mumbai for the surgery, recalled Lakdawala
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  • Photos: World's heaviest woman's journey from Egypt to Mumbai
    Eman's weight nearly got in the way again, when the family realised that they would need to take her to the embassy to get the visa. "Eman can't move because of her condition, and due to her weight, it is near impossible to move her. But the Indian Embassy in Cairo wasn't ready to accept it. The officers thought that the family was bluffing and kept asking the family members to bring Eman to the embassy to scan her fingerprint. They didn't pay any heed to the family's requests and, as a result, Eman's visa was rejected," Lakdawala had said, who even provided a reference letter to the embassy, which went ignored. It was Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister of External Affairs, who came to their rescue
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  • Photos: World's heaviest woman's journey from Egypt to Mumbai
    In December 2016, it was reported that since Eman is too big to fit inside an air ambulance, her family will have to cough up Rs 20 lakh to pay for a commercial flight from Egypt to Mumbai, where Dr Muffazal Lakdawala has agreed to take on her case. "We are opening an account in Eman's name for complete transparency. Donors will get to know how we are using the money. The hospital is providing all treatment and surgery free of cost to the patient, as the family can't afford it," Dr Lakdawala, chairman of the Institute of Minimal Invasive Surgical Sciences and Research Centre at Saifee Hospital, had said
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  • Photos: World's heaviest woman's journey from Egypt to Mumbai
    In January 2017, it was reported that the world's heaviest woman was down to just one meal a day to stop herself from gaining kilos. That no airline has been willing to airlift her into Mumbai, where bariatric surgeon Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala is ready to operate her, has left the family desolate. Her mother and sister, who have been caring for her every need, have approached every possible airline but there is no one willing to take the risk. The family is even willing to break down the walls of their home when help arrives for Eman since there is little chance that she will fit through the doors. "Now, we can only pray to God to save my sister," Shaima said to mid-day over the phone from their home in Alexandria. The family had even considered bringing her down to Mumbai via sea, but were advised against it. "We can't take the risk. In case of a medical emergency, we won't be able to get help her in the middle of the ocean," Shaima said
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  • Photos: World's heaviest woman's journey from Egypt to Mumbai
    Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, a bariatric surgeon from Mumbai, launched a crowdfunding campaign for Eman using #HelpSaveEman to raise money for her transport and medicines. "Eman would need to be flown to India for her treatment. While Dr. Lakdawala has taken up this case pro bono, Eman's family is unable to afford the cost for her transportation, medication and accommodation while in India. A cargo jet would need to be arranged to accommodate her. The cost of air and on-ground transportation and hospital drugs is Rs 50 lakh," read the campaign in BitGiving.com. The money will be put in a separate account created for her treatment while she will be in India
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    World's heaviest woman weighing 500 kgs, Eman Ahmed Abdulati landed in Mumbai today at 4.10 am. From the airport, she was transported by a fully equipped truck to Saifee hospital in south Mumbai. The truck was followed by ambulance and police jeep to ensure full protection.
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    Now Egyptian Eman Ahmed Abdulati, once touted to be the heaviest woman in the world at 500 kg, is on the fast track to a quality life. She has lost 242 kg since her arrival in Mumbai for a life-changing weight loss procedure, her treating doctor and renowned bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala revealed on April 12.
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  • Photos: World's heaviest woman's journey from Egypt to Mumbai
    Now Egyptian Eman Ahmed Abdulati, once touted to be the heaviest woman in the world at 500 kg, is on the fast track to a quality life. She has lost 242 kg since her arrival in Mumbai for a life-changing weight loss procedure, her treating doctor and renowned bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala revealed on April 12.
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After major efforts, the world's heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed Abdulati, has  finally arrived in Mumbai for treatment. Here's a look at significant developments in the story

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