A 36-year-old Egyptian woman, who is weighs around half a ton, will now be given a medical visa for treatment in India after her doctor brought her case to the notice of External Affairs Minster Sushma Swaraj via Twitter.
Dr. Muffi Lakdawala, a Mumbai-based bariatric surgeon, tweeted to the minster asking for help in issuing his patient a medical visa as she was refused one via the regular procedure.
Swaraj who has been recuperating herself in Delhi hospital AIIMS for several days post kidney failure replied to the doctor on the same day.
Lakdawala’s patient, Iman Ahmad Abdulati, lives in Alexandria, Egypt and is likely to be the heaviest woman in the world. She has not left her house ever since she crossed 500 kg, around 25 years ago, when she just 11 years old, reports Al Arabiya.net. The reason for her excessive weight gain is that she suffers from a disruption of the glands. This causes her body to store large amounts of water while a parasite called elephantiasis brings about excessive swelling.