Mumbai-based doctors set to evaluate a 500-kg woman from Egypt for a weight-reducing bariatric surgery, are now trying to raise funds for the operation. They are also seeking funds to cover the cost of transporting her from Cairo to Mumbai.
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 26, who has not stepped out of her house in Cairo for the past 25 years, will be in the city next week, said Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon who will evaluate her.
“We are planning to open an account called ‘Save Eman’. I hope more people come forth to help with finances as her family is not well-off,” said Dr Lakdawala.
He had tweeted about Eman’s visa being rejected as she could not be physically present at the Indian embassy in Cairo.
India’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj read this tweet, and intervened to ensure that Eman got a visa.
Dr Lakhdawala said now that Eman has a visa, finding an airline that will bring her to Mumbai is proving to be a challenge. It is doubtful whether she will be able to pass through the narrow doors of a passenger aircraft.The seats in these aircraft too are not designed for heavy passengers.
“We have approached a few private charted flights, but haven’t received confirmation yet,” he said.Lakhdawala said it is likely that Eman suffers from obesity, a problem caused by her lifestyle.
“It doesn’t seem as though her condition is genetic, as her mother and sister are not obese,” he added. “Before we operate, we will evaluate her lungs, heart and arteries to ensure that the operation is safe,” said Dr Ladkawala. “I am nervous about the operation. I had operated on a similar patient in China. She was 285 kgs,” he added.