World's fattest woman loses 100 Kg; bariatric surgery successful

Posted March 12, 2017

After her first major weight-loss surgery on Thursday, Eman Ahmed, reportedly the world's heaviest woman, has been put on a high-protein liquid diet.

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".

Due to her excessive body weight, Eman Ahmed had been unable to walk and had been confined to a bed for 25 years, family sources said.

Eman, 37, was airlifted from Alexandria in Egypt and brought to Mumbai on February 11, when she weighed around 500 kg.

She is likely to lose more weight in the coming months.

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

Abd El Aty was heavier than Pauline Potter, an American who weighed in at 293 kilograms a year ago and supposedly worked off her weight through sex marathons. She is now placed on oral fluids at the hospital and her body is accepting them well. As a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her nearly immobile.

"In Egypt, Ahmed's diet primarily consisted of a couple of chicken sandwiches and custard, as per her current diet chart set by Nutritionist, Carlyne Remedios, Eman receives 200 ml feeds every two hour starting from 6 am to 12 midnight".

Abd El Aty's doctors say she is now able to sit up and will be able to return to Egypt after several months of monitoring and physiotherapy.

She is still believed to be the world's heaviest woman ahead of American Pauline Potter, who weighed 46 stone (293kg) last July.

She is cared for by her mother and sister. As she grew older, she suffered from severe illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and high blood pressure.

Ahmed was initially refused a visa for India because of her inability to get to the embassy in person, until the process was expedited by India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Bariatric surgery is a procedure that reduces weight loss by restricting the intake of food the stomach can retain.