Heaviest woman in the world airlifted for weight-loss surgery


Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, a resident of Alexandria in Egypt had not left her house in nearly 25 years until she arrived in the Indian financial hub, Mumbai in February, for a bariatric surgery. 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". The procedure involves removing a major portion of the stomach, leaving a narrow gastric tube, or "sleeve". She measured 151 cms in width while the hospital's lift was only 141 cms wide, making it impossible to carry her to an operation theatre.

A team of doctors at Saifee hospital in India performed a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on Eman on March 7, shrinking the size of her stomach by 75 percent, the hospital said in a statement on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for head doctor Muffazal Lakdawala said: "Eman has lost over 100kg and has been shedding weight gradually on a daily basis with all the treatment and support". "We will attempt to reduce at least 200 kgs in the first six months", Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, bariatric surgeon treating the Alexandria based woman, said.

Shen she arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport she was transported to Saifee Hospital for the surgery on a truck in February.

Doctors are also awaiting Eman's genetic test results to understand if a genetic disorder might be responsible for obesity.

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 surgery went uneventful", the spokesperson said.

Her family posted a desperate plea online to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi asking for medical assistance. Though Ms. Ahmed eats very little, the procedure will help control her gut hormones that lead to weight gain.

Eventually Ms Ahmed lost the strength to move on her own and was bedridden for 25 years.