Heaviest woman in the world airlifted for weight-loss surgery

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.

The story of this woman who had not been able to leave her home for 25 years had traveled around the world and moved an Indian surgeon who had proposed in the autumn to operate. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who previously weighed more than 1,100 pounds, was flown to Mumbai last month from her home in Egypt, which she had not previously left for the past 25 years.

"The medical team of Saifee Hospital successfully performed a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery on Eman on March 7".

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".

For Ms Ahmed, the doctors hope to make her lose around 440 pounds in the next six months.

"Eman has lost more than 100 kilograms and her weight is gradually decreasing every day through medical treatment and follow-up", she told AFP.

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. "The 48 hours after surgery were crucial and we have crossed that period without any complications."Ms. Ahmed was lifted by crane and shifted from her special ward to Saifee Hospital's main building".

Her request for an Indian visa was initially denied, but she was granted passage after tweeting a plea for help directly to India's foreign minister, who intervened.

According to medical experts, Abd El Aty was born at 5kg at birth and was suffering from a disruption of the glands as well as from a parasite called elephantiasis.

Bariatric surgery is a stomach-shrinking bypass procedure carried out on those wanting to lose excessive weight. "We had to remove her gallbladder as well, as she had 15 stones", he said.

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