Heaviest woman in the world airlifted for weight-loss surgery

Mar 10, 2017, 00:38
Heaviest woman in the world airlifted for weight-loss surgery

Her sister had approached Lakdawala, a specialist weight-loss surgeon, in October, saying Abd El Aty needed urgent medical attention.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 37, initially weighed some 500 kilograms because of her elephantiasis, a pathology that causes swelling of the limbs and other parts of the body.

Doctors from Saifee Hospital confirmed Ahmed underwent a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, a surgical weight-loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach to 15% of its original size.

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

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According to the hospital, she is now on oral fluids and accepting them well. She was then flown in a cargo plane to India.

Doctors plan to make Eman lose at least 100 more kilos (200 kg in total) over the next 6 months and are surprised at the rapid rate with which the patient is shedding pounds.

The Egyptian is still believed to be the world's heaviest woman ahead of American Pauline Potter who the Guinness Book of World Records recorded at 293 kilos (645 pounds) in July past year. "Her progress will be tracked to confirm if she undergoes continued weight loss", said officials from Saifee Hospital.

However, Dr Lakdawala told the BBC in December that he believed Ms Abd El Aty did not have elephantiasis but suffered from obesity-related lymphoedema which causes enormous swelling of the legs.

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Doctors expect El Aty to lose more weight before she can return home to Egypt.

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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.

Abd El Aty had a long wait as no airlines were willing to fly her due to her health complications.

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

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