Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, the world's heaviest woman, from Egypt, who previously weighed around 498 kilos and was admitted a month ago to Mumbai's Saifee Hospital for bariatric surgery, was operated earlier this week on a high-risk procedure. The doctors performed a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy where 2/3rd of the stomach is removed.
Surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who is leading Ahmed's treatment, said that the decision to operate on her was a sudden one. "Her parameters were looked good and we didn't want to miss that window. We still can't believe we pulled it off uneventfully. It's a big day for India, not just our team". Samples of Eman's intraabdominal and subcutaneous fat have been frozen and sent to Melbourne for further analysis. The Egyptian who had not left her house for 25 years was flown to Mumbai from Alexandria last month in a specially modified Airbus.
The goal of doctors is to make her fit enough to fly as soon as possible to Egypt. Ahmed had lost over 100 kilograms since her arrival in February and had been shedding weight gradually on a daily basis. "She still has a lot of fluid reduction which will help her to shed over 100 kilos in the next 45 days," Surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala said. Ms Abd El Aty's family says she weighed 5kg (11lb) at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis but Dr Lakdawala believes she did not have elephantiasis but suffered from obesity-related lymphoedema which causes gigantic swelling of the legs.