500kg woman seeks treatment in India

A 36-year-old 500kg Egyptian woman — reportedly the world's heaviest — has reached Mumbai in a cargo plane with high hopes that several rounds of surgery could help her.

Eman Ahmed has gained weight since she was a child. She has already suffered a stroke that left her right arm and leg paralysed and affected her speech, according to an online campaign that is raising money for her treatment.

She cannot move from her bed and has not left home for 25 years.

Ahmed has been admitted to Mumbai's Saifee hospital, where a special facility with large doors and a fortified bed has been created for her, a hospital spokeswoman said.

She will undergo a series of tests before doctors proceed to carry out surgical procedures to reduce her weight.

Surgeons expect it will take two to three years to bring her body weight under 100kg.  - AAP