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

Suffering from a thyroid problem, the 37-year-old Eman gained huge weight, which made it impossible for her to move. The next goal is "to correct all her associated medical problems to get her fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible".

"We are not sure how long that will take. She was so happy at being able to shake her body", said bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala under whose watchful eye Eman is being treated.

Two-thirds of the stomach are removed during a laparscopic sleeve gastectomy procedure, leaving a narrow sleeve that increases a sense of satiation and decreases appetite.

Before being brought to Mumbai in a chartered flight, Ahmed was confined to her bed and had not moved out of her house for the last 25 years.

She was flown on an EgyptAir Cargo Company aircraft, onto which she was lifted by a crane.

Shen she arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport she was transported to Saifee Hospital for the surgery on a truck in February.

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The world's fattest woman at 79 stone (500kg) has lost a fifth of her body weight in three weeks after flying for life-saving stomach surgery in India.

Eman Ahmed is from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. After the bariatric surgery, Abd El Aty lost approximately 220 pounds through medical support, treatment and daily monitoring.

India, which has seen a steep rise in bariatric surgery in recent years due to an increasing obesity problem, is a popular destination for foreigners seeking medical treatment due to low costs and no waiting lists.

Abd El Aty is expected to lose more weight in the coming months. Doctors are now working on making Ahmed lose around 200 kg more in the next six months so that she can sit up.

Eman's sister approached doctors in India in October 2016 stating that Abd El Aty needed urgent medical attention. 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. This was later granted after a tweet pleading for help was sent directly to India's foreign minister, who intervened.

  • Marjorie Miles