Even though Sushma Swaraj is in the hospital herself, awaiting a kidney transplant this weekend, the Union external affairs minister continues to prove why she is such a huge favourite with people, especially on Twitter. After helping a PhD student in AIIMS, the same hospital she’s admitted in, get a visa, Swaraj has now facilited the visa processing of an Egyptian woman who wanted to come to India for medical treatment, after her doctor tweeted out to her.
The bed-ridden woman, 36-year-old Eman Ahmed from Alexandria, was issued a medical visa by the Indian Embassy in Cairo following an intervention by Swaraj. On December 5, the woman’s doctor Dr Muffi Lakdawala had tweeted out to Swaraj asking for visa assistance since she had been refused visa through the normal process. “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.
Swaraj responded to Dr Lakdawala’s tweet a day later, saying, “Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her.”
A couple of hours later, Dr Lakdawala, whose profile says he is a philanthropist as well, tweeted saying that the Indian Embassy in Cairo had granted a visa to Ahmed. “Embassy in Cairo called Visa granted.Thank you so much for this prompt response,impressed Appreciate the help @SushmaSwaraj @CODSIndia01”, he tweeted.
— Dr Muffi Lakdawala (@DrMuffi) 5 December 2016
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) 6 December 2016
— Dr Muffi Lakdawala (@DrMuffi) 6 December 2016
He followed this with yet another tweet, saying, “Now starts my tough journey to give this girl a second chance at life . Thank you Sushma Swaraj Ji”.
According to My Medical Mantra, Ahmed – who has been called the world’s heaviest woman – had not stepped out of her house for the past 20 years because of her weight, and will now be airlifted to Mumbai for the obesity surgery. “For 20-year, she didn’t step out of her house. Her family had tried many doctors there for medical help but were denied. It was her sister who got in touch with me after she heard of me from a family friend, who I had operated for obesity,” Lakdawala told the news site.
“I am mighty impressed with the promptness shown by the minister even though she is fighting kidney failure and is hospitalised. Thanks to her, Eman will now be in Mumbai by next week,” he added.