Saturday, 11 February 2017

Egyptian woman weighing around 500 kgs reaches Mumbai for bariatric surgery

Regarded as the world's heaviest, an Egyptian woman believed to be weighing 500 kilograms (1,102lb), Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, reached India's western Mumbai city on Saturday (February 11) morning for a weight reduction surgery.
The bed-ridden 36-year-old was flown in on a chartered plane to Mumbai and brought to Saifee Hospital in a fully equipped truck. A crane was used to lift Eman's bed from the truck.
Special arrangements, including a special room with a broad doorway and a special intensive care unit, have been made at Saifee Hospital to house and treat Eman.
Eman will be put under observation for a month before she is operated upon by renowned Indian bariatric surgeon, Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala. Lakdawala has performed bariatric procedures on some top Indian ministers like Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari.
Weight loss operations include removing parts of the stomach and rerouting of intestines to help patients with extreme obesity lose weight. The different procedures include gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy.
Eman was initially denied visa by the Indian embassy in Cairo. It was only after a tweet to Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj by Dr. Lakdawala that Eman was granted a visa.
Reportedly, Eman was diagnosed with elephantiasis at birth, a condition which causes the body parts to swell due to obstruction of the lymphatic vessels. She is paralysed in her right arm and leg and hasn't stepped out of home in 25 years.
There are no medical documents confirming Eman's weight, but her family claims she weighs 500 kilograms.
The current record for the world's heaviest woman is held by Pauline Potter of the United States, who weighed 292kg (643lb) in 2010.
Obesity is a complex problem which greatly increases a person's chances of getting a heart stroke, diabetes, arthritis and certain cancers. Chronic complications of weight kill about 3.4 million adults annually, the U.N. World Health Organization says.
More than half of the world's obese live in just 10 countries: the United States, China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia.

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Hyderabad No.1 News Channel

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