She Always Had Hope – Eman Ahmed is Ready for Her Visit to India for Treatment


Eman Ahmed (Egypt) 500kgs, reportedly weighed 11 pounds (5 kg), and by the age of 11, she'd started to put on weight. She had to start using her knees to move around. Since she was child, she was suffering from thyroid problems.

She stopped going to school when she was in fifth grade because her thyroid problems worsened up. There was no wheelchair to fit her size. She could not carry her weight and had to use her knees to reach the car in the parking lot. Eman’s younger sister said she did not live life as everyone does. She didn’t enjoy her childhood and has been battling her illness for 36 years.

Emma Ahmed
Emma Ahmed

She didn’t leave her room in over two decades, remained trap insider her family home. Two years ago she went through a stroke that impaired her speech and mobility. Her sister started a social media campaign that gave her and their family a little hope.

Her suffering caught the attention of renowned Mumbai-based surgeon, Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, who set up a fund-raising proposal to call her to India. This opportunity is a big hope for Eman to live her life normally. But Eman had difficulty getting her visa initially. She was not able to visit Indian embassy herself. On request from Dr. Lakdawala and on tweeting to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, it was agreed to help hurry up the visa.

Dr. Lakdawala will be taking all the precautions during the operation. The operation will help Eman to move and bend and weigh less than 220 pounds (100kg).  This will take around three and a half years and she will have to stay in Mumbai. Her sister Shaimaa collected the visas Wednesday and says that she has a belief that the doctor will put forth his best effort.

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