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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.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who previously weighed around 500 kilos, had not left her house in Egypt in over two decades until arriving in Mumbai last month for bariatric surgery.

Before the surgery, Abd El Aty had not left her home in 25 years, her family said.

Eman was admitted to an Indian hospital in February after eminent Mumbai-based surgeon, Muffazal Lakdawala, succeeded in his fundraising drive to fly the Egyptian to India for treatment.

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy was conducted on March 7.

According to the hospital, she is now on oral fluids and accepting them well.

According to India Today, doctors treating Abd El Aty plan on making her lose 440 pounds in half a year.

Eman's condition will now be monitored before the next surgery is fixed to bring her down to a lean and trim 100 kgs or so.

The Egyptian is still believed to be the world's heaviest woman ahead of American Pauline Potter who the Guinness Book of World Records recorded at 293 kilos in July previous year. She underwent surgery on Tuesday. "The 48 hours after surgery were crucial and we have crossed that period without any complications."Ms. Ahmed was lifted by crane and shifted from her special ward to Saifee Hospital's main building".

However, Dr Lakdawala told the BBC in December that he believed Ms Abd El Aty did not have elephantiasis but suffered from obesity-related lymphoedema which causes very big swelling of the legs.

Her request for a visa to get to Mumbai was refused at the start, but she then sent a tweet to India's foreign minister, who became personally involved in the case.

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese and carrying an excessive amount of body fat.


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