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India to help with medical visa for Egyptian who's 'world's heaviest woman

  • Iman Ahmad Abdulati is a 36-year-old Egyptian who's likely theheaviest woman in the world.
  • A Mumbai doctor tweeted minister Sushma Swaraj saying she was refused an Indian visa for treatment.
  • The minister promised to help with a medical visa.

Iman Ahmad Abdulati from Egypt is said to be the world's heaviest woman. (Photo courtesy: Al Arabiya.net)

NEW DELHI: A 36-year-old Egyptian woman, said to be the heaviest in the world at 500 kg, or half a ton, was refused a visa to India for medical treatment, that is, until her doctor brought it to the notice of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, via, what else, but Twitter.

Yesterday, Dr. Muffi Lakdawala, a bariatric surgeon in Mumbai, tweeted the minister 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"

Swaraj,Swaraj, who's been in Delhi hospital AIIMS for several days now with kidney failure, replied to the doctor on the same day. She said: "Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her."

The 36-year-old, Iman Ahmad Abdulati - whose name is spelt 'Iman' according to an Al Arabiya.net report from last month - lives in Alexandria, Egypt. She has not left her house since she tipped the scales at 500 kg, almost 25 years ago, when she was 11 years old. She's unable to move or to even roll over in bed, Al Arabiya.net wrote.

Physicians told the web site that she suffers from a disruption of the glands as well as from a parasite called elephantiasis. The former causes her body to store huge amounts of water and the latter causes extreme swelling. The combination of these two things has meant a huge amount of excess weight.

Abdulati's problems began at birth. She weighed as much as 5 kg when she was born. With her little legs unable to support her weight, she learned to crawl around as a baby. By the time she was 11, not much had changed except she'd gained even more weight and still had to resort to crawling.

That was when she dropped out of school. Soon after, she suffered a cerebral stroke that has left her bedridden until today.


Abdulati's sister Chaymaa' told Al Arabiya.net that their father died long ago. She and her mother alternate in taking care of Abdulati who's unable to do anything by herself.

Egypt's doctors haven't been able to help her with the weight and Abdulati's family has posted a plea online to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi asking for medical assistance, according to a report in Daily Mail Australia.

Dr Lakdawala's tweet suggested that Abdulati's family reached out to him for help. He is the founder of the Centre for Obesity and Digestive Surgery.

According to The Economic Times, among Dr Lakdawala's more well-known patients are union minister Nitin Gadkari and Venkaiah Naidu, industrialist Dilip Piramal, politicians Anil Deshmukh and Nitin Raut and Bollywood star Salman Khan's mother Salma.

At an event, the doctor was once asked whom he considered his most popular politician patient.

"Nitin Gadkari made us famous but Venkaiah Naidu stands out as the ideal patient,"Dr Lakdawala replied.