Eman Ahmed, from Egypt, weighs 1,102 pounds (500 kg) and is said to be one of the heaviest people in the world.
“Eman didn’t live life as everyone does,” Shaimaa Ahmed, Eman’s younger sister and carer, says. “She didn’t enjoy her childhood or youth and has been battling with her illness for 36 years.”
According to her family, Eman has barely left her bedroom in over two decades. Unable to move or communicate, she spends her days trapped inside her family home, staring at the ceiling.
A stroke two years ago impaired her speech and mobility, so the last few years have been particularly difficult, Eman’s sister says.
A social media campaign initiated by her sister, Shaimaa, has made Eman’s life a little more hopeful.
Publicity surrounding Eman’s plight caught the attention of eminent Mumbai-based surgeon, Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who set up a fundraising initiative in order to fly Eman to India.
He plans to set in motion a series of operational procedures that will reduce her weight to below 220 pounds (100kg.)
“She is battling with her life every single day,” Dr Lakdawala told CNN. He says that as things stand, how long she lives is anybody’s guess.
“Right now she is like a living bombshell, which could blow up on her any moment.”
According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest living woman is Pauline Potter from the United States, who weighs 643 pounds (291.6 kg). They haven’t recorded Eman’s details, it seems.