By Taniya Dutta
Indonesia’s fattest woman may need to be lifted out of her home’s WINDOW to get her to hospital.
At a whopping 56 stone, Titi Wati, 37, from Palangka Raya City in Central Kalimantan, is considered to be the heaviest woman in the country.
She is so morbidly obese that she cannot move, sit or stand on her own and spends her days lying on her stomach while only daughter Herlina, 19, feeds, bathes, and takes care of her.
The family are now appealing for help from the government after Titi grew so fat the door of her home will have to be dissembled to forklift her to hospital or she will have to be winched from a window.
Titi claims she only weighed seven stone a decade ago and blames her dramatic weight gain on an unhealthy diet of Gorengan –a variety of deep fried snacks made of tofu, sweet potatoes, bananas and vegetables – and Tempeh, a traditional soy patty.
Titi said: “I wasn’t always like this. I was slim and had long hair.
“But for more than six years, I have only been able to lie on my stomach.
“I have been having occasional sleep. I feel breathless and often wakes up from sleep.
“Whenever I try to get up, I feel cramp-like pain in my legs, then I feel the pain all over my body.
“I now weigh more than 350kg [55 st 11lbs] and I cannot sit or stand.
“I hope my health condition gets attention from the government.”
Formerly petite Titi was shocked in 2013 when aged 29 she claims she suddenly gained 20 stone.
Over the years she has resorted to many methods to lose weight including consuming herbal drinks.
While the drink helped initially and she did lose weight, Titi couldn’t continue consuming it because of the price, meaning her husband Edi, a carpenter, couldn’t afford to pay for it any longer.
Edi, who makes £230 a month and pays for the couple’s rented home and his daughter’s studies, said: “I didn’t have enough money to buy the drinks.”
The family’s income also restricted Titi from being able to seek medical help.
But luckily, after Herlina launched a desperate plea, the Palangkaraya city administration has come to her aid and assured to coordinate with the regional health agency.
Her daughter Herlina said: “Because of our financial condition we are not able to carry out my mother’s treatment.
“But I am hoping the government and philanthropist can extend assistance to help treat my mother’s condition.”
However, Titi now needs to examined and diagnosed by nutrition experts, endocrinologists and obesity surgeons — none of which are available in the province.
Dr Suyuti Syamsul, the head of Palangkaraya’s Health Agency, said another challenge would be to get Titi to hospital as she cannot walk on her own.
They are now in talks with the local administration and contemplating to use a forklift to transport Titi from her home to the hospital.
Speaking to local press, Dr Syamsul said: “We need to disassemble the house door, or we can get her out through a window, as long as her family allows it.”