A bed-ridden Egyptian woman weighing 500kg was granted visa on Wednesday by Indian Embassy in Cairo following intervention by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
Eman Ahmed, 36, a resident of port city of Alexandria, was issued the medical visa hours after a Mumbai- based bariatric surgeon requested Swaraj to help the woman travel to India for her treatment.
“Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her,” Ms Swaraj tweeted in response to the request. A few hours later, Muffi Lakdawala, who a philanthropist, tweeted that Indian Embassy in Cairo granted the visa to Ahmed.
“Embassy in Cairo called Visa granted. Thank you so much for this prompt response, impressed Appreciate the help @SushmaSwaraj,” Lakdawala said.
Earlier, seeking Swaraj’s intervention, he had said Eman weighs 500 kg and has been refused the visa.
“Ma’am , Eman Ahmed (Egypt) 500kgs requested me 2 save her pls help me get her a medical visa as refused thru normal process @SushmaSwaraj,” he had tweeted.
Ahmed’s weight prevented her from pursuing her studies as she dropped out of school due to weight gain. She would be will now be airlifted to Mumbai for surgery in a specially arranged chartered flight, said medical news website My Medical Mantra.