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500kg woman seeks treatment in India

dpa logodpa 11/02/2017

An Egyptian woman, believed to be the world's heaviest woman at 500kg, has arrived in Mumbai, India, for weight reduction surgery.

A 36-year-old Egyptian woman - reportedly the world's heaviest at 500kg - has reached Mumbai in a cargo plane with hopes high that several rounds of surgery could help her reduce weight.

Eman Ahmed has gained weight since she was a child. She has already suffered a stroke that left her right arm and leg paralysed and affected her speech, according to the Save Eman online campaign page, which is raising money for her treatment. She cannot move from her bed.

Ahmed has been admitted to Mumbai's Saifee hospital, where a special facility with large doors and a fortified bed has been created for her, a hospital spokeswoman said.

She will undergo a series of tests before doctors proceed to carry out surgical procedures to reduce her weight. They may take six months or more.

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