500 kg Egyptian gets free weight loss treament

926885MUMBAI: Eman Ahmed Abdelaty, a 36-year-old Egyptian woman weighing 500 kg who arrived in Mumbai on Saturday for a weight reduction programme, is to be treated free of cost. Considered the world’s heaviest person, Eman’s BMI stands at 252, against 24 of a normal person, a senior doctor said. Eman, who reached Mumbai by an Egypt Air fully-equipped cargo flight, and was lifted by a crane to a waiting specially modified truck outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, has stepped out of her home first time in over 25 years. “As this is a unique case, we have decided to treat it gratis till she becomes fully normal again,” said renowned bariatric surgeon and team leader Muffazal Lakdawala of Saifee Hospital on Monday.

Her transportation costs from Alexandria, Egypt, have run into around Rs 8 million which is being covered through donations and crowdfunding as the family is unable to afford the same, said the hospital CEO Huzaifa Shehabi, addressing mediapersons here. Shehabi, describing her transportation to India as “a logistical wonder”, said he was overwhelmed at getting full cooperation from all the authorities from whom they sought help for the patient. Accompanied by her sister Shaimaa Selim, Eman is now undergoing various tests at the hospital and the surgery is expected to be done after around a month or so, Lakdawala said.— IANS