NEW DELHI : A bed-ridden Egyptian woman weighing 500kg was on Tuesday granted visa by the Indian Embassy in Cairo after an intervention by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Thirty-six-year-old Eman Ahmed, a resident of port city of Alexandria, was issued the medical visa hours after a Mumbai-based bariatric surgeon requested Swaraj to help the woman travel to India for her treatment.
“Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her,” Swaraj tweeted in response to the request.
Hours later, Dr Muffi Lakdawala, who as per his Twitter profile is also a philanthropist, tweeted that the Indian Embassy in Cairo granted a visa to Eman, a resident of Alexandria.
— Dr Muffi Lakdawala (@DrMuffi) December 6, 2016
Earlier, seeking Swaraj’s intervention, he had said Eman weighs 500 kg and has been refused the visa.
— Dr Muffi Lakdawala (@DrMuffi) December 5, 2016
Eman’s weight prevented her from pursuing her studies as she dropped out of school due to weight gain.