Egyptian woman Eman Ahmad undergoes bariatric surgery in Mumbai

A woman who is believed to be the heaviest in the world has lost 100 kilograms after undergoing successful weight loss surgery in India.

Doctors expect El Aty to lose more weight before she can return home to Egypt.


Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, a resident of Alexandria in Egypt had not left her house in nearly 25 years until she arrived in the Indian financial hub, Mumbai in February, for a bariatric surgery.

"Eman successfully underwent a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on March 7th 2017 at Saifee Hospital".

Saifee Hospital said: "The future course of action for the medical team working on her will be to correct all her associated medical problems, to get her fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible".

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Her sister had approached Lakdawala, a specialist weight-loss surgeon, in October, saying Abd El Aty needed urgent medical attention.

According to doctors, she was put on anaesthesia and operated upon in an over two hour surgery.

At birth she weighed 11 pounds at birth and doctors diagnosed her with elephantiasis - a condition in which limbs or other body parts swell drastically due to a parasitic infection, her family said.

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). She underwent surgery on Tuesday.

In December 2016, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj helped her obtain a visa to India, where a team of dedicated local doctors are supervising her case.

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A spokeswoman said the weight of the Alexandrian woman had gradually fallen below 400 kilograms since entering the hospital in Bombay in early February.

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

She was then flown in a cargo plane to India.

It is increasingly common in India, which has a growing problem with obesity, particularly in urban areas.

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