A300 freighter flies world’s heaviest woman to life-saving surgery


Cargo charter broker Air Charter Service (ACS) and other air freight companies recently successfully completed an unusual and extraordinarily complex and sensitive transport operation to transport the world’s heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed, from her native Egypt to Mumbai, India where earlier this week she received life-saving surgery following an online fundraising campaign.

Andrew Summers, regional director of ACS Middle East, Africa and India, said: “She is estimated to have weighed 500 kilogrammes, meaning that a cargo flight was necessary. The charter required a lot of organisation – we were working on the details for almost two months since receiving the initial request from a medical evacuation specialist.”

The 36 year old suffers from elephantiasis and had not been able to walk since the age of 11. As a child she also suffered a cerebral stroke, debilitating her further, ACS explained.

And, according to the Help Save Eman online campaign, she suffered a stroke two years ago resulting in paralysis of her right arm and leg, she cannot speak, has type 2 diabetes, hypertension, has severe obstructive and restrictive lung diseases, gout and is at a very high risk of pulmonary embolism.

“She had not left her home in Cairo for more than two decades due to her size, until three weeks ago,” Summers said. “The walls of her house had to be partially demolished in order to winch her out and onto a truck to take her to Alexandria Airport.”

“There she was met by an EgyptAir Airbus 300-600 that we had helped to arrange. Accompanied by two doctors and her sister, they arrived safely into Mumbai, where Eman was again lifted out of the aircraft by a crane onto a waiting truck.”

Eman was then driven to the hospital accompanied by a police escort and an emergency ambulance, Summers said, where she received “the life-saving surgery that she so desperately needed earlier this week after having lost more than 100kgs of weight since arriving to the hospital three weeks ago”.