Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, an Egyptian woman who is the world's heaviest person, has underwent a successful weight-reduction surgery in India and is now on course towards losing tens of kilos over the next few days. Doctors hope to make Ahmed lose around 200 kg more in the next six months so that she can sit up.
According to the team of doctors, Egyptian women weight had been brought under 400 kilograms since she arrived in Mumbai in early February.
Traditional planes and air ambulances couldn't accommodate a passenger of her size, so in what Egypt Air claimed was an industry first, the airline adapted a cargo plane especially to transport the patient to India.
A spokesperson for the hospital said Abd El Aty was likely to lose more weight in the coming months.
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She successfully underwent a Laparoscoic Sleeve Gastrectomy and is now being monitored for further weight loss before going back to Alexandria, Egypt.
Her family told the doctor that as a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her nearly immobile.
Suffering from a thyroid problem, the 37-year-old Eman gained huge weight, which made it impossible for her to move.
Ahmed had suffered from thyroid problems since she was a child, but it wasn't until her stroke that her weight topped 1,000 pounds, CNN reported. It was the first time that left her room after 25 years. "She had an uneventful surgery and anesthesia course", read a hospital statement.
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Eman's sister, Shaimaa Selim had contacted Lakdawala who later studied Eman's condition before treating her.
Ahmed, who is from Alexandria, weighed 11 pounds at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition which causes body parts to swell due to parasitic infection.
A spokesman at Mumbai's Saifee Hospital said: "We are trying to get her fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible".
The weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery in medical terms, is used as a last option to treat people whose obesity pose danger to their life.
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