An Egyptian woman, who is believed to be the heaviest woman in the world at 500kg (1,102 pounds), has successfully undergone a weight-loss surgery in India, doctors have said on Thursday, 9 March.
The Saifee Hospital said, "We are happy to inform all well-wishers that the medical team of Saifee Hospital has successfully performed the surgery".
Eman, 36, who is a resident of Alexandria in Egypt, has been restricted to bed since she was 11 due to her weight.
She was then flown last month on a plane especially modified with safety gear, like a portable ventilator and defibrillator, to Saifee Hospital in India.
According to India Today, doctors treating Abd El Aty plan on making her lose 440 pounds in half a year. She was bedridden all her life, unable to move or even roll over in bed.
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"She is now on oral fluids and accepting them well", says the hospital, where doctors also removed some of Abd El Aty's stomach fat.
Second only to Abd El Aty is American Pauline Potter, who the Guinness Book of World Records recorded at 293 kilos in July past year.
The doctors have been able to operate Eman smoothly since all her body parameters are cooperating well. She measured 151 cms in width while the hospital's lift was only 141 cms wide, making it impossible to carry her to an operation theatre.Watch what else is making newsIn the last month, doctors put Eman on a high protein and fibre diet to reduce water retention in her body.
According to Ms Abd El Aty's family, she weighed 5kg at birth and as a child was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs to swell. This surgery named "laproscopic sleeve gastrectomy" has worked well on Eman and she is now on liquid intake after the completion of its first phase. "We are working on to correct all her associated medical problems so she gets fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible". First, her visa request was denied, and she was only granted passage after the direct intervention of India's foreign minister.
Despite undergoing the Bariatric surgery, which is a stomach-shrinking bypass procedure, she remains the world's heaviest person on record.