India has offered a helping hand to an Egyptian lady, who is believed to be the world's heaviest woman, over medical visa. Iman Ahmad Abdulati, 36, was earlier denied the visa to the country for medical treatment, however, this time Indian External Minister Sushma Swaraj has come to her rescue.
The development comes after Abdulati's doctor Muffi Lakdawala, a bariatric surgeon based in India's Mumbai, tweeted Swaraj on Monday, 5 December, saying: "Ma'am, Eman Ahmed (Egypt) 500kgs requested me 2 save her pls help me get her a medical visa as refused thru normal process".
The minister, who is undergoing treatment in a Delhi hospital for kidney failure, replied to the doctor instantly and said, "Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her".
Abdulati is a resident of Alexandria in Egypt, who has not left her house for a second for almost 25 years, because of her unusual weight – 500 kg, half a tonne. She has become bedridden and is not able to move or to even roll over in bed, Al Arabiya.net said.
According to medical experts, the woman is suffering from a disruption of the glands as well as from a parasite called elephantiasis. Both the conditions are extremely devastating for the patients as the former is responsible for the storage of huge amount of water in the patient's body and the latter leads to extreme swelling, resulting into overweight.
Abdulati hasn't found a solution from Egypt's doctors regarding her weight, so her family – consisting her mother and sister – decided to request Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for help and they also reached to Dr Lakdawala for assistance.
Lakdawala is the founder of the Centre for Obesity and Digestive Surgery in India. Big names, including Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and industrialist Dilip Piramal, are among his patients.