Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital in India is currently building a special
facility to contain an Egyptian woman, believed to be the World’s
heaviest at 500kg. The facility will have an operating theatre and an
intensive care unit for the woman to undergo a weight reduction surgery
and will be treated by a team of doctors led by well-known bariatric
surgeon, Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala.
The 36-year-old woman identified as Eman Ahmed Abd El
Aty, is expected to arrive in the city on a chartered plane at the end
of January and will remain at the hospital for at least six months.
Eman who has not been able to leave home for twenty-five years (25),
weighed 5kg (11lb) at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis, but
Doctor Lakdawala believes she does not have elephantiasis but suffers
from obesity-related lymphoedema, which causes gigantic swelling of
The Indian embassy in Cairo had initially denied Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty a
visa request as she won’t be able to travel in person but later got a
visa after Dr. Lakawala tweeted to India’s foreign minister, Sushma
Swaraj who did respond to help.
According to BBC report, the 278 sq metre (3,000 sq ft) new facility is
estimated to cost 20M rupees ($293,762) and will be ready by the end of