- Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty had not left home for nearly two decades
- The 37-year-old Egyptian woman weighed 1,092 pounds before surgery
- She has shed off half of her body weight following a life-saving operation
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, the world’s heaviest woman according to Guinness Book of World Records, has shed off nearly half (242 kilos) of her body weight (500 kilos) in just two months after surgery.
Abd El Aty, who previously could neither sit upright nor fit in a wheelchair can now do both after doctors at Saifee Hospital in Mumbai, India, managed to significantly scale down her weight through surgery. She can even afford a smile now.
“She looks happier and slimmer compared to her past self. She can also finally fit into a wheelchair and sit for a longer period of time, something we never thought could happen a few months ago,” her doctors said.
The 37-year-old Egyptian woman initially weighed 1,092 pounds (500 kilos) and was considered the heaviest woman alive. She allegedly stayed home for close to two decades struggling with the record-breaking weight.
Abd El Aty was so huge that the plane taking her from her home in Egypt to Mumbai had to be adjusted so that she could fit in and fly comfortably.
On her arrival at the hospital, the doctors had to put her on special liquid diet to bring down her weight low enough to enable them operate on her.
They started by performing a bariatric surgery, which is basically a stomach-shrinking procedure that is often carried out on patients with too much weight.
According to the family, Abd El Aty was diagnosed with elephantiasis when she was still very young. This is a condition that causes the body, especially the limbs, to swell excessively.
As a result of his weight, Abd El Aty reportedly suffered several strokes and other illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension and sleep deprivation.
She still struggles to speak properly and is partially paralysed. But there is hope that things will get well for her.
“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 right-sided paralysis and convulsions,” says Dr Muffazal Lakdawala who is reportedly leading Abd El Aty’s treatment.
The medics are also planning to put the patient on a trial obesity drug in six months time.
She has since lost the title of being the world's heaviest woman to America's Pauline Potter who reportedly weighs 293 kg.
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