500 kg Egyptian woman undergoes weight-loss surgery
10 March, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Lorraine Moran
An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman has successfully undergone weight-loss surgery in India, doctors said Thursday.
Doctors expect El Aty to lose more weight before she can return home to Egypt.
She was then flown last month on a plane especially modified with safety gear, like a portable ventilator and defibrillator, to Saifee Hospital in India.
"The medical team of Saifee Hospital successfully performed a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery on Eman on March 7".
The patient "is now fed with oral fluids and accepts them well". The team treating her will make efforts to cure all her associated medical problems, and get her fit enough to fly back home as soon as possible, the hospital said.
Last month, her surgeon had indicated that it would take several months of physical therapy for Mrs. Abd El Aty to muscle. She had an uneventful surgery and anesthesia 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. She is believed to be around 400kgs before going for the surgery.
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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.
Eman, 37, weighing almost 500 kgs and billed as the heaviest woman in the world, was brought from Alexandria on February 11 for a weight-loss programme which includes surgery.
Abd El Aty has suffered a stroke and faced a series of other serious ailments owing to her weight including diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and sleep deprivation.
Ms. Abd El Aty had difficulty traveling to India.
On her arrival, Ms Ahmed's body mass index was 252-ten times the normal limit and water accounted to up to 15 stone of her total 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.
It is increasingly common in India, which has a growing problem with obesity, particularly in urban areas.
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