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Airlines Are Trying To Figure How To Bring This 500 Kg Woman To India For Surgery

Egypt's Eman Ahmed is considered to be the heaviest woman in the world.

08/12/2016 2:40 PM IST | Updated 08/12/2016 3:51 PM IST
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Egypt's Eman Ahmed, said to be the world's heaviest woman, is set to come to Mumbai, India for a surgery that could potentially save her life.

After Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, a Mumbai-based bariatric surgeon requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help the woman travel to India for her treatment, the doctors as well as Ahmed's family are now worried about how to bring her into the country.

Reportedly, Ahmed, who is now 36 years old, and weighs around 500 kilos, hasn't left her house in over 25 years.

Dr Lakdawala told the BBC:

"They [Ahmed's family] 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."

According to The Times of India, as there are no direct flights from Mumbai to Cairo, a private chartered airplane needs to be booked.

But most of the airlines, the article says, have stretchers which can handle patients upto 136 kilos.

And since Ahmed hasn't left her house for over two decades, she will definitely need some sort of assistance to take her to and from the airplane.

But Air India has said that they would consider bringing Ahmed to India, if they received a formal request for the same. They also added that they anticipated some hurdles.

For Dr Lakdawala, however, the major problem is mobilising funds to Ahmed to India.

Once here, the doctors estimate that she would have to stay in the hospital for a few months.

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