The most obese woman in the world, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, will board a flight from her native Egypt to Mumbai, India, in order to get a life-saving surgery.
An Airbus was specially modified, so that Abd El Aty could make the trip. She is presently weighing about 495 kilos.
The 36-year-old woman has not been able to leave her bed for 25 years. 10 doctors were on a team that has helped Abd El Aty get ready for her flight.
Her stomach will be shrunk through bariatric surgery, in which she receives a bypass. The woman will arrive in Mumbai Saturday morning.
Abd El Aty’s sister approached an Indian doctor, Muffazal Lakdawala, in October, telling him about her sibling’s dire situation. She informed him how Abd El Aty was diagnosed with elephantiasis as a child, causing her to have a stroke, as well as to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and sleep apnea.
Abd El Aty was diagnosed with elephantiasis as a child.
Lakdawala agreed to carry out the procedure free of charge. But that was only the first of many difficult steps. First of all, India rejected Abd El Aty a visa, which caused the doctor to tweet his country’s foreign minister, Sushma Swara. Thankfully, he agreed to help, and the visa problem was solved.
Dr Muffazal Lakdawala and his team.
Then, there was no airline that could manage Abd El Aty’s transportation, which according to Dr Lakdawala “is a challenging task keeping in mind the complexities of her case as she is a high risk patient who has not been able to move or leave the house for the past 25 years.”
The famous tweet asking for help in Abd El Aty’s case.
Thankfully, the offer of an airline to modify one of its plane’s entrance to allow for Abd El Aty to fit, became the last obstacle to sort, for now. She is now on her way to the greatest challenge of her entire life.
India has become an international center for patients seeking weight-reduction surgeries at much less cost than in western countries, with high-quality service and no waiting lists.