Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

'World's heaviest woman' undergoes weight-loss surgery in Mumbai

'World's heaviest woman' undergoes weight-loss surgery in Mumbai

Doctors from India said on Thursday that Egyptian woman, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, had successfully gone through a weight-loss surgery that reduced her stomach by 75 percent. But her doctor, Muffazal Lakdawala, told CNN that since Ahmed arrived at the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai last month, she had lost 220 pounds.

According to BBC News, 36-year-old Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty is believed to be the world's heaviest woman, tipping the scales at 1,100 pounds.

Abd El Aty was flown to India on 11 February after her sister approached Lakdawala, a specialist weight-loss surgeon, in October. Eman's starting weight was 500 kgs, it was 488 kgs when she reached Mumbai and its 380 kgs now which may reduce more after the surgery. She was bedridden all her life, unable to move or even roll over in bed. According to Saifee Hospital where she is being treated, she had undergone a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, which was entirely successful. "She is now in post-operative care unit and she had an uneventful surgery and anaesthesia course".

Suffering from a thyroid problem, the 37-year-old Eman gained enormous weight, which made it impossible for her to move.

Eman will soon be sent back to Alexandria and kept under observation until she returns back for the next procedure.

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The Egyptian is still believed to be the world's heaviest woman ahead of American Pauline Potter who the Guinness Book of World Records recorded at 293 kilos in July previous year. She has also undergone bariatric surgery, which was successfully conducted on March 7, 2017.

Indian media reports suggested that Abd El Aty suffered stroke and faced a series of other ailments during the process, including high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes and sleep deprivation.

Ahmed was initially refused a visa for India because of her inability to get to the embassy in person, until the process was expedited by India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese (having a body mass index of 40 or above or 35 plus other obesity-related health conditions).

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