It has been 25 years that Eman Ahmed, an Egyptian national who weighs 500 kilograms, has been unable to step out of her home in Cairo. And now that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has stepped in to ensure that the 36-year-old gets medical visa to come to Mumbai for a weight-loss surgery, bringing her to the city is proving to be a mighty challenge.
There are no direct flights to Cairo; private carriers have thrown up their hands; and no airline has so far agreed to charter a plane for her; in any case, it will likely have to be modified for the flight.
Jet Airways rules, for instance, put up on its website, say its stretchers are capable of carrying patients weighing less than 136 kilos. "Guests weighing more than 136 kgs will be unable to avail of the stretcher service while travelling on our flights," it reads.
"Right now the main challenge is to bring her in Mumbai," said Dr Lakdawala, who has started an online campaign called 'Save Eman' to generate funds for her transport and treatment.
"She is bedridden because of her weight and has a lot of ailments. You name it and she has it. She needs surgery urgently. It's so painful to see what the family is going through because of her condition," Dr Lakdawala said
Mumbai - 4 hours ago
Why don''t they fly the equipment and doctors there?
by road till the nearest Port ...then by Sea....... Hope u are able to come to India & cured fully at the earliest...God Bless U
hahahha what a joke on humanity ..... peoples of India in rural area not even get support to crimate the dead body of there family,even they are not being help by providing transportation to the serious patient of rural or u can say backward area...but we as a Indians have time and resources to help outside people for there problems... hat's off to all
Set up a mobile hospital in Egypt, and send doctors there. Or, use hospitals in Egypt with Indian doctors.
Why can''t team of experts fly over to Cairo instead?
Leave her for some rich gulf countries to get medical help even in India there are so many helpless person who need medical attention but due to poverty can''t have it.
The doctor can ship all of his equipment and perform the surgery in Egypt.. Makes sense
Dr Ladkawala, is it not possible for you to go to Egypt, I do understand that the hospitals there may not be well equipped but just a thought, I could be completely wrong, please forgive my ignorance
Pune, Maharashtra - 1 hour ago
Contact the Egyptian Govt, use a military transport Helicopter. An MI - 8 will easily accommodate the patient and some medical equipment for in-flight use. Route- Cairo, Dubai, Karachi, Delhi, Mumbai - keeping in mind medical emergencies
Use Same cargo planes which used for African elephants to transport anywhere in the world
mumbai - 2 hours ago
Out of way,
A special customized container can be made which could be lifted by a Crain and loded into a goods carrier plane.. Which transports her to INDIA..