Eman Ahmed, the Egyptian national who is believed to be the world’s heaviest woman, has lost over 140 kg since her arrival in India for weight reduction treatment, doctors said today. She is being treated by a team led by Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala at Saifee Hospital here where she underwent a weight loss surgery earlier this month. “Eman’s current weight is 358 kg,” the hospital said in a statement today. When she arrived in Mumbai on February 11 by a specially modified aircraft, she weighed 500 kg. She is currently on “two hourly liquid feeding regime” where she is given low-sodium protein powder mixed with soy milk. Daily, she receives about 1,800 calories, the statement said. “Her levels of uric acid remain a challenge,” it added.
Eman still receives her feed through a tube because of the difficulty in swallowing fluids due to a stroke she had suffered earlier, doctors said. She was transported from her home in Alexandria to Mumbai in a cargo plane. A special bed was used to make her flight more comfortable. As a precautionary step, the flight was equipped with everything needed in case of an emergency. This is her first trip out of her home since last 25 years. At the airport in Mumbai, she was lifted by a crane from the plane and placed in a mini truck for the hospital, which has constructed a special room with broad doorway and special intensive care unit to house Eman. The truck was followed by an ambulance and a police escort till the hospital.
Eman was unable to move or walk due to paralysis in right leg and right arm. She was reportedly weighed 5 kg at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition in which a limb or other body parts swell due to a parasitic infection.
(With FE inputs)