A 36-year old woman in Egypt has never left her home and weighs almost 1,100 pounds. She has been homebound for more than 25 years because of her weight.
Now, Fox News reports that she will be venturing outside of her home to get professional help for her weight problem.
About the Woman
Known as Iman Ahmad Abdulati, the woman’s sister went public about her sister’s condition and shared her concerns about her sister’s weight. She visited local hospitals, searching for a physician that may be able to help. The girl, her other sisters, and her mother all spend most of their time taking care of their sister. This includes feeding her, changing her, cleaning her, and helping her make it to the toilet.
Iman can no longer walk due to her weight, so she must be lifted and guided to the bathroom – when she leaves the bed.
Now, Iman will leave her bed and her home and travel 2,700 miles to Mumbai, says the National Post. This potentially life-saving surgery could finally help her battle a weight problem that she has been struggling with most of her life.
At birth, she weighed approximately 11 pounds, says BBC.
She was diagnosed with elephantiasis, which is a condition that swells the limbs because of a parasitic infection. When she was 11, she gained a tremendous amount of weight, and she could not stand or even crawl. Soon she suffered a stroke, which left her bedridden and there is where she gained even more weight.
The Heaviest Woman Alive
Weighing in at approximately 1,189 pounds, she is the heaviest woman ever to have lived.
Muffazal Lakdawala is a bariatric surgeon located at the Center for Obesity and Digestive Surgery in Mumbai, India. She has agreed to operate on the woman. Most of his procedures are known for being single-incision laparoscopic procedures. He uses video technology to thread catheters and surgical tools so that the process is minimally invasive.
Lakdawala has operated on high-ranking officials, including India’s ministers in their cabinet. He has operated on patients over 660 pounds in the past, but the surgery he is performing on the heaviest woman alive will be extremely high-risk.
She will fly to Mumbai once her visa is approved. Dr. Lakdawala does not think the parasitic infection is her issue; instead, he believes that Iman suffers from obesity-related lymphedema, which creates swelling in the legs.
After the surgery, Iman must remain in Mumbai for two to three months for treatment before she is allowed to return home. They estimate it will take two to three years total for her weight to subside to a healthy range fully.
Iman’s sister approached Lakdawala, and after he had seen a photograph of her, he was stunned. He did not even understand how the woman was alive. That was when he decided that he would use his talents to try to save her – but he cannot promise a positive outcome at this time.