World's fattest woman winched from house in crane to have life-saving surgery

Eman Ahmed, 36, touted to be the world's heaviest woman is under watch at Mumbai's Saifee hospital. The doctor contacted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who granted her the visa for her treatment. Her right arm and leg are paralysed and she has type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism as well as severe obstructive and restrictive lung disease.

Her bed being lifted by crane at the hospital.

A senior doctor, Saifee hospital said, "Since 25years, Eman has not moved out of her house and hence she will be under observation for almost a month before she undergoes the surgery".

Eman had to be carried in special transportation due to her heavy weight.

Eman Ahmed special bed being lifted to the room allotted to her at Saifee Hospital in South Mumbai.

"We have just paid Rs 83 lakh for the logistics and will collect another Rs 1 crore", said Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon who has spearheaded the Save Eman campaign. The team was constantly monitoring her blood pressure and heart conditions and she was also administered blood thinners to sustain her through the flight.

A spokesperson for the hospital said: 'She, along with her sister Shaimaa Ahmed, arrived in Mumbai at around 4 am.to prepare her for the flight, the team of doctors were in Egypt for the last 10 days to optimise the conditions for her travel. According to Dr. Lakdawala, no one has examined her previously so a lot of medical tests will be conducted.

Eman Ahmed broke down when she was brought out of her home in Alexandria, Egypt, yesterday.

A special bed was created by local artisans in requirements with the safety precautions as laid out by the airlines for her safe transport on ground and in the plane that was furnished with all the equipment required in case of an emergency. In the next few days, Eman will undergo a series of tests to evaluate her health after which they will decide on the future course of action. "We have taken all possible precautions to ensure that Eman's journey to India is accomplished without incident". After the surgery, Eman could lose around 100 kilos within the six months that she will spend in Mumbai.

The woman's family says the surgery, which doctors offered to do free of charge, is likely the only option to save Abd El Aty's life.

  • Eleanor Harrison