Weight-loss surgery for 500kg woman in India

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Weight-loss surgery for 500kg woman in India

The world's fattest woman at 79 stone (500kg) has lost a fifth of her body weight in three weeks after flying for life-saving stomach surgery in India.

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.

A spokesperson for the hospital said Abd El Aty was likely to lose more weight in the coming months.

The 36-year-old has been bedridden in her Alexandria home for the last 25 years before she was flown to Mumbai in February for treatment.

"Eman successfully underwent a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on March 7th 2017".

Lakdawala's team has revealed that Eman is now on oral fluids and is accepting them well.

Abd El Aty was diagnosed with it as a child, and as a result of the condition has endured a stroke and other issues, like hypertension and diabetes.

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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 in July a year ago.

Despite her weight loss, the Egyptian would still be the biggest woman in the world. But Eman lost 100 kgs in 25 days after which a sleeve bariatric surgery was performed.

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.

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 huge swelling of the legs.

Lakdawala's team put her on a special liquid diet when she arrived in India to get her weight down to a low enough level for them to be able to operate.

On Tuesday, doctors conducted the first bariatric procedure on Eman, although the amount of weight reduced is yet to be assessed. "We had to remove her gallbladder as well, as she had 15 stones", he said.

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