An Egyptian woman, who’s believed to be the worlds heaviest woman, underwent a successful weight loss surgery after losing more than 200 pounds, doctors in India said Thursday.
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty who weighs 1,102 pounds underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery led by Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala at Saifee Hospital in Mumbai Tuesday.
We are trying to get her fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible,” the hospital said in a statement, according to the BBC.
The 36-year-old has been bedridden in her Alexandria home for the last 25 years before she was flown to Mumbai in February for treatment.
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Bariatric surgery is a procedure that reduces weight loss by restricting the intake of food the stomach can retain.
Lakdawala first heard about El Atys condition after her sister reached out for help through social media.
Eman didnt live life as everyone does, Shaimaa Ahmed, Emans younger sister and caretaker, told CNN in December. She didnt enjoy her childhood or youth. Shes been battling with her illness for 36 years.
Weight has always been a problem for El Aty.
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At birth she weighed 11 pounds at birth and doctors diagnosed her with elephantiasis a condition in which limbs or other body parts swell drastically due to a parasitic infection, her family said.
And by age 11, El Aty suffered a stroke because of her rapid weight gain, leaving her immobile.
Doctors expect El Aty to remain in the hospital for about three months and lose more weight before she can return home to Egypt.