Surgery helps Egyp­tian woman shed 250 kg in two months

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

MUM­BAI, In­dia — The “world’s heav­i­est woman” has shed half her weight — around a quar­ter of a ton — in the two months she’s been in In­dia for treat­ment, doc­tors said.

Egyp­tian na­tional Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty weighed 500 kilo­grams when she ar­rived in Mum­bai in Fe­bru­ary on a spe­cially mod­i­fied plane to un­dergo emer­gency weight-loss surgery.

In videos pro­vided this week by the Saifee Hospi­tal, where the 37-year-old suc­cess­fully had bariatric surgery last month, Abd El Aty can be seen sit­ting up and smil­ing while lis­ten­ing to mu­sic.

“She looks a hap­pier and slim­mer ver­sion of her past self. She can fi­nally fit into a wheelchair and sit for a longer pe­riod of time, some­thing we never dreamed of three months ago,” said a state­ment from doc­tors, an­nounc­ing that she had lost 250 kg.

Abd El Aty had not left her home in Egypt’s Mediterra- nean port city of Alexan­dria for two decades un­til she ar­rived in In­dia’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal on Feb 11.

She was put on a spe­cial liq­uid diet to get her weight down to a low enough level for doc­tors to per­form bariatric surgery, es­sen­tially a stom­achshrink­ing by­pass pro­ce­dure car­ried out on those want­ing to lose ex­ces­sive weight.

The diet helped Abd El Aty lose 100 kg i n a month, al­low­ing doc­tors to op­er­ate on her early last month.

Abd El Aty’s fam­ily said that as a child she was di­ag­nosed with ele­phan­ti­a­sis, a con­di­tion that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leav­ing her al­most immobile.

The woman has suf­fered sev­eral strokes and faced a se­ries of other se­ri­ous ail­ments ow­ing to her weight in­clud­ing di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure, hy­per­ten­sion and sleep de­pri­va­tion. She is un­able to speak prop­erly and is par­tially par­a­lyzed.

“She con­tin­ues to lose weight rapidly and is await­ing the mo­ment she can fit into a CT scan ma­chine to know the cause of her right­sided paral­y­sis and con­vul­sions,” doc­tors added in the state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

In July, the Guin­ness Book of World Records recorded US cit­i­zen Pauline Pot­ter as the world’s heav­i­est woman at 293 kg, well above Abd El Aty’s cur­rent weight.

She can fi­nally fit into a wheelchair ... some­thing we never dreamed of three months ago.” Dc­tors at Saifee Hospi­tal, in a state­ment

AL­FREDO ESTRELLA / AFP

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