A bed-ridden Egyptian woman weighing 500 kg was on Tuesday granted visa by Indian Embassy in Cairo following intervention by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. 36-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 Indian Embassy in Cairo granted visa to Eman, a resident of Alexandria.
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“Embassy in Cairo called Visa granted. Thank you so much for this prompt response, impressed Appreciate the help @SushmaSwaraj,” Lakdawala said. Earlier, seeking Swaraj’s intervention, he had said Eman weighs 500 kg and has been refused the visa. “Ma’am , Eman Ahmed (Egypt) 500kgs requested me 2 save her pls help me get her a medical visa as refused thru normal process @SushmaSwaraj,” he had tweeted.
Eman’s weight prevented her from pursuing her studies as she dropped out of school due to the weight gain.