Surgery helps world's heaviest woman shed weight

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty

Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed Abdelaly, admitted in Saifee Hospital here since a month, underwent a successful weight reduction surgery on March 7, a medical bulletin said on Thursday.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who previously weighed around 500 kilos, had not left her house in Egypt in over two decades until arriving in Mumbai last month for bariatric surgery.

Abd El Aty, who is from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, was flown to India's commercial capital in a specially modified Airbus on Saturday 11 February for treatment.

Doctors from Saifee Hospital confirmed Ahmed underwent a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, a surgical weight-loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach to 15% of its original size. The 36-year-old is now on a oral fluids and accepting them well.

"We are trying to get her fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible", the hospital said in a statement, according to the BBC.

Dr. Lakdawala said in the next six months, she will lose another 100 to 150 kg.Before being brought to Mumbai on a special.

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Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon treating Eman, said: 'We thought she would lose around 50kg, but we are surprised to observe that she has lost more than 100kg.

After landing in Mumbai, she had been driven to the hospital in a large truck, and a crane then lifted her bed into the medical facility. With 400 kilos, she is far ahead of the current holder of the title, the American Pauline Potter, weighed to 293 kilos last July according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Ms. Abd El Aty had difficulty traveling to India.

Bariatric surgery involves banding or removing part of the stomach, which limits food intake.

There is no history of obesity in her family, inclining the doctors to suspect a genetic mutation may be responsible for the uncontrolled weight gain.

She suffered a cerebral stroke as a child which left her bed-ridden and she piled on the pounds.

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