'World's heaviest woman' has surgery in India, loses 220 pounds

An Egyptian woman, who is believed to be the world's biggest woman, lost 100 kilograms thanks to a liquid diet and successful surgery, her Indian doctors said on Thursday. She weighed 500 Kg when she arrived in India and was put under the treatment of Dr. Mussafal Lakdawala who had given her a target of 100 Kg before performing the first surgery.

Abd El Aty, who is from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, was flown to India's commercial capital in a specially modified Airbus on Saturday, Feb. 11 for treatment.

A wall had to be taken out of her home in Egypt and she was airlifted in a specially-modified cargo plane for surgery in India.

"The medical team of Saifee Hospital successfully performed a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery on Eman on March 7". The 36-year-old is now on a oral fluids and 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".

Abd El Aty is expected to lose more weight in the coming months.

After landing in Mumbai, she had been driven to the hospital in a large truck, and a crane then lifted her bed into the medical facility. She is believed to be around 400kgs before going for the surgery.

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon treating Eman, said: 'We thought she would lose around 50kg, but we are surprised to observe that she has lost more than 100kg.

Eman was reportedly born with elephantiasis - a parasitic infection which causes extreme swelling in a person's limbs and arms.

A spokeswoman said the weight of the Alexandrian woman had gradually fallen below 400 kilograms since entering the hospital in Bombay in early February. She also faced some other serious ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and sleep deprivation due owing to the problem of heavy weight.

The bariatric surgery, which shrinks the stomach and is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese, took place Tuesday.

  • Aubrey Nash