'World's heaviest woman' has surgery in India, loses 100 kgs

The heaviest woman in the world underwent successful weight-loss surgery, doctors announced Thursday.

Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, used to weigh around 500 kilograms, and prior to the surgery, had not left her house in two decades.

Ms Ahmed has been in hospital since February 10th when she was moved out of her home for the first time in 25 years by removing the wall from her room and a crane lifted out her bed.

Eman Ahmed, after her first laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery, is able to sit.

She is now on oral fluids and is accepting them well as the weight-reduction course progresses.

The spokesperson told the BBC that she was likely to lose more weight in the coming months. She had an uneventful surgery and anaesthesia course.

"Eman has lost over 100kg and has been shedding weight gradually on a daily basis with all the treatment and support", a spokeswoman for Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, who has been leading the treatment, told AFP.

Lakdawala first heard about El Aty's condition after her sister reached out for help through social media.

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 a year ago. "We had to remove her gallbladder as well, as she had 15 stones", he said.

Bariatric surgery is a procedure that reduces weight loss by restricting the intake of food the stomach can retain.

Ahmed, who is from Alexandria, weighed 11 pounds at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition which causes body parts to swell due to parasitic infection.

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.

India is a major destination for medical tourists seeking quality services and no waiting lists at a fraction of the cost of western countries.

  • Patricia Jimenez