The world's fattest woman will be flown on a specially modified Airbus to India for life-saving weight reduction surgery after reaching 78 stone. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, is to fly from Egypt for the treatment, which will reduce the size of her ...and more »
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, is to fly from Egypt to Mumbai for the treatmentShe is said to weigh a massive 78 stone and has been bed-ridden for 25 yearsA team of 10 doctors have been working on El Aty to prepare her for the flightShe will receive treatment to will shrink her stomach and potentially save her life
15:04 GMT, 10 February 2017
15:17 GMT, 10 February 2017
The world's fattest woman will be flown on a specially modified Airbus to India for life-saving weight reduction surgery after reaching 78 stone. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, is to fly from Egypt for the treatment, which will reduce the size of her stomach, having not left her home for 25 years. She will arrive in Mumbai in the early hours of Saturday morning and a team of doctors have been working with her to prepare her for the journey. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, from Egypt has been bed-ridden for the past 25 yearsAs a child (left), El Aty was diagnosed with elephantiasis which caused her body to swellMuffazal Lakdawala, her doctor, said she will be flown on a specially modified Airbus and will be taken to Mumbai's Saifee Hospital upon arrival, the statement said.'To prepare her (Eman) for the flight, a team of doctors has been in Egypt for the last ten days to optimise the conditions for her travel,' a statement said.Abd El Aty's sister had approached Lakdawala in October saying her sibling needed urgent medical attention.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 almost immobile. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty as a childShe later suffered a stroke and was rendered bedridden, triggering a series of ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and sleep apnoea.After hearing about her case, Lakdawala had offered to carry out the procedure free of charge.Her request for a visa was initially rejected, prompting Lakdawala in December to tweet a request for help to India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj.At the time Swaraj was in hospital awaiting a kidney transplant but was quick to respond with an offer of help.Abd El Aty has had a long wait as no airliners were previously willing to fly her from Egypt to India owing to her health complications.Lakdawala said: 'Transporting Eman to Mumbai 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.'If Abd El Aty's weight measures up to the claims, she will beat American Pauline Potter, who weighs 50 stone, to become the world's heaviest living woman.Bariatric surgery is a stomach-shrinking bypass procedure carried out on those wanting to lose excessive weight.It is increasingly common in India, which has a growing problem with obesity, particularly in urban areas.India is a key destination for medical tourists because it offers quality services at a fraction of the cost of western countries and no waiting lists.
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