350kg Indonesian woman needs forklift to get to hospital

  • 14/01/2019

Indonesia's largest woman has grown so big 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.

At 56 stone (355kg), 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 belly while only daughter Herlina, 19, feeds, bathes, and takes care of her.

Titi claims she only weighed 44kg 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.

"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," says Titi.

"Whenever I try to get up, I feel cramp-like pain in my legs, then I feel the pain all over my body.

"I cannot sit or stand... I hope my health condition gets attention from the government."

Titi was shocked in 2013 when, aged 29, she claims she suddenly gained 127kg.

Over the years, she has resorted to many methods to lose weight, including consuming herbal drinks.

Titi Maki is said to be 'Indonesia's fattest woman'.
Photo credit: Caters

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 makes the equivalent of NZ$433 a month and pays for the couple's rented home and his daughter's studies.

The family's income also restricted Titi from being able to seek medical help.

"Because of our financial condition we are not able to carry out my mother's treatment," said daughter Herlina.

"But I am hoping the government and philanthropists can extend assistance to help treat my mother's condition."

After Herlina launched a desperate plea, the Palangkaraya city administration has come to her aid and assured to coordinate with the regional health agency.

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 using a forklift to transport Titi from her home to the hospital.

"We need to disassemble the house door, or we can get her out through a window, as long as her family allows it," says Dr Syamsul.