The 500-kg Egyptian woman, 36, was on her way to Borg El Arab airport to board a flight to Mumbai to undergo a bariatric surgery, accompanied by her sister Shaimma and two doctors from Saifee Hospital. Lakdwala petitioned union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj two months ago to allow Eman to travel to Mumbai for treatment.
Finally, an Egypt Air Airbus 300-600 freighter aircraft has been modified to fly the 36 year old woman who has not stepped out of her house in Cairo for nearly quarter of a century because of her weight and related health complications. She has suffered a stroke resulting in paralysis of her right arm and leg, has Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and hypothyroidism, the Times reported.
The wall of her room reportedly had to be knocked down to bring her out before she was was lifted out of her bed by a crane and placed in an Egypt Air cargo plane.
A senior doctor, Saifee hospital said, "Since 25years, Eman has not moved out of her house and hence she will be under observation for almost a month before she undergoes the surgery".
Eman and her sister were flown in on an Egypt Air Airbus freighter aircraft, that landed near gate no.5 of the cargo section of the global airport at around 4.15 AM.
"She, along with her sister Shaimaa Ahmed, arrived in Mumbai at around 4 am". The team was constantly monitoring her blood pressure and heart conditions and she was also administered blood thinners to sustain her through the flight.
Her team of doctors, headed by bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, will take a call on the future course of her treatment in the coming days.
Two years ago, Eman was able to crawl around on her knees. She was carried in a special bed made by local Egyptian artisans keeping in with the safety precautions as laid out by the Egypt air.
After hearing about her case Dr Lakdawala had offered to carry out the procedure free of charge. The cost of moving Eman from her home in Alexandria into a cargo plane, loading her onto amini-truck at Mumbai airport and then using a crane to slide her customised bed into a specially prepared room on the first floor of Saifee Hospital on Charni Road has come to Rs 83 lakh. "So we will measure her height, frame, fat per cent and body mass index to understand what should be her ideal weight", a senior doctor said.
Dr. Muzaffal Lakdawala said: "We had taken all the precautions possible to ensure that Eman's journey to India is accomplished without incident". She is likely to spend at least six months under Dr Lakdawala's care.