An Egyptian woman who was believed to have been the world’s heaviest has been admitted to a hospital in Abu Dhabi to receive further treatment. She flew business class to the United Arab Emirates. Doctors say she will undergo a year of physiotherapy there.
Recent weeks saw a row erupt between her doctors in India and her family. It began when her sister, Shaimaa Selim, released a short video on social media alleging that her sister was still unable to speak or move, and had not lost as much weight as the hospital was claiming. She had arrived in India on a specially-modified Airbus plane in February and was put on a special liquid diet to reduce her weight so that doctors could perform bariatric surgery (used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese and carrying an excessive amount of body fat). The surgeon, Dr Muffi Lakdawala, told an Indian news channel that Selim had wanted her sister to stay in hospital until she was able to walk again, but orthopaedic specialists had told her Abd El Aty would never walk again.
“I asked for help (in the Emirates) after noticing the lack of progress,” Selim said. Doctors, paramedics and nurses accompanied Abd Al Ety on the passenger flight to Abu Dhabi.