The Indian medical team responsible for treating an obese Egyptian woman in India's Saifi Hospital has said that Iman Ahmed Abdullatif needs to lose 100 kg before she can be operated upon.
According to the Hindustan Times, Abdullatif weighs about 500 kg due to an endocrinological defect and has already lost about 30 kg over the past two months. The doctor supervising her treatment is Mufaddal Lakdaola.
The hospital administration said that the decision to treat Abdullatif was taken within three days, but there was a problem about how to issue her with a medical visa from the Indian Embassy in Cairo. She could not leave her house and undertake the necessary biometric tests due to her health condition.
Dr Lakdoala helped Abdullatif through Twitter after reaching out to India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who arranged for the visa to be issued.
Lakdoala said that the next 48 hours will be critical, with the patient remaining under observation prior to taking several medical tests to determine her future treatment plan.