Egyptian named 'world's heaviest woman' smiling again after surgery

An Egyptian woman, who is believed to be the heaviest woman in the world at 500kg (1,102 pounds), has successfully undergone a weight-loss surgery in India, doctors have said on Thursday, 9 March.

She successfully underwent a Laparoscoic Sleeve Gastrectomy and is now being monitored for further weight loss before going back to Alexandria, Egypt.

The doctors have said that Eman is now on oral fluids and is accepting them well. "We are working on to correct all her associated medical problems so she gets fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible". Doctors treating Eman plan to make her lose 200 kg in six months.

Sleeve gastrectomy involves removing most of the stomach, limiting the amount of food you can eat.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty from Alexandria, Egypt weighed 498 kilograms, and supposedly never left her house for 20 years, Tech Times reports.

She was flown on an EgyptAir Cargo Company aircraft, onto which she was lifted by a crane. "She had an uneventful surgery and anaesthesia course", a health update said.

One of the surgeons now treating her, Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, said he believed Abd El Aty had obsesity-related lymphedema, which also causes swelling, and not elephantiasis. After the bariatric surgery, Abd El Aty lost approximately 220 pounds through medical support, treatment and daily monitoring.

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Eman Ahmed, 36, once weighed 78 stone but was told to lose weight so that surgery could take place.

Ahmed's BMI was 252 when she first arrived in India, which was ten times the normal limit.

In carrying out bariatric surgery, surgeons explore two weight loss options.

Lakdawala first heard about El Aty's condition after her sister reached out for help through social media. Eman's initial request for an Indian visa was denied, but a plea through Twitter led to involvement of India's foreign minister, who intervened, and eventually she was granted the visa.

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.

Prior to her surgery, she has lost over 120 kg within a month after coming to Mumbai for the treatment.

  • Ismael Montgomery