An Egyptian woman – described as the world’s heaviest at more than half a ton – will be able to have life-saving surgery in India after the Indian Foreign Minister intervened to get her a visa to India.
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 26, was initially refused a visa to travel to Mumbai by the Indian embassy in Cairo as she was unable to attend the visa interview.
However, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj ordered a special exception after the surgeon who will operate on Ms Abd El Aty, Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, tweeted Mrs Swaraj.
The Minister is herself awaiting a kidney transplant at Delhi hospital and promptly responded.
According to Ms Abd El Aty’s family, she has been unable to leave the family home for 25 years. She was also diagnosed with elephantiasis at birth – a condition in which one or more parts of the body swell up and continue to expand due to an infection.
Dr Lakdawala is set to perform a bariatric surgery on Ms Abd El Aty after she is flown into Mumbai next week.
“I’m hopeful that I will be able to help her, I won’t say I’m confident because I think that would be an exaggeration,” he said.