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September 22, 2017

Egypt '500kg woman' loses half her weight after India surgery

Eman Abd El Aty now weighs 250kg, half of what she was believed to weigh when she arrived in Mumbai. AGENCIES
Eman Abd El Aty now weighs 250kg, half of what she was believed to weigh when she arrived in Mumbai. AGENCIES

An Indian hospital treating an Egyptian woman, believed to have been the world's heaviest woman, says she has lost 250kg (550lbs) after surgery.

Eman Abd El Aty's family said she originally weighed 500kg - and was unable to leave her home for 25 years.

Ms Abd El Aty underwent bariatric surgery at Mumbai's Saifee hospital two months ago.

The hospital said she could now fit into a wheelchair and sit up for longer periods of time.

The surgery was performed by a team of doctors led by bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala.

The hospital has released new pictures of Ms Abd El Aty following weight reduction surgery.

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese (having a body mass index of 40 or above, or 35 with other obesity-related health conditions).

Dr Lakdawala said in a statement that Ms Abd El Aty continued to "rapidly" lose weight, but added that a stroke she had suffered as a child meant that she was still paralysed on one side of her body and continued to suffer convulsions. She also has difficulty speaking and swallowing.

The statement added that the hospital was now waiting for her to lose enough weight for her to be able to fit inside a CT scan machine to ascertain the cause of her stroke.

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