Indian doctors confirm 'world's heaviest woman' has lost 100kg

Indian doctors confirm 100 kilogram weight loss of 'world's heaviest woman'

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty used to weigh around 500 kilograms

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A woman who is believed to be the heaviest in the world has lost 100 kilograms after undergoing successful weight loss surgery in India.

Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, used to weigh around 500 kilograms, and prior to the surgery, had not left her house in two decades. 

The hospital said she was in dire need of the surgery, and she was flown to Mumbai from Alexandria in February.

The doctor released a statement to say she'd gone through the procedure without issue on Thursday morning, and said she was responding well to the diet of oral fluids the hospital had placed her on. 

The source of her weight gain comes from a condition known as elephantiasis, which causes limbs and other body parts to become heavily swollen. 

Abd El Aty was diagnosed with it as a child, and as a result of the condition has endured a stroke and other issues, like hypertension and diabetes. 

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.