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World's heaviest woman undergoes surgery for obesity in Saifee Hospital

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Mumbai: The 36-year-old Egyptian lady, Eman Ahmed, world's heaviest woman who weighed 500 kilograms has successfully undergone her first bariatric surgery termed as "Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy" on March 7 at Saifee hospital.

For Ms Ahmed, the doctors hope to make her lose around 440 pounds in the next six months. "She was so happy at being able to shake her body", said bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala under whose watchful eye Eman is being treated. Since her arrival, she has lost 120 kgs due to strict 1200-calorie per day diet doctors kept her on.On Tuesday, doctors conducted the first bariatric procedure on Eman, although the amount of weight reduced is yet to be assessed.

Ahmed was brought to India on a specially chartered flight before being lifted, along with the bed she traveled on, with the help of a crane to hospital, according to Indian News Agency PTI.

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.

The next surgery will be next year, Lakdawala said.

"In Egypt, Ahmed's diet primarily consisted of a couple of chicken sandwiches and custard, as per her current diet chart set by Nutritionist, Carlyne Remedios, Eman receives 200 ml feeds every two hour starting from 6 am to 12 midnight". Eman has suffered from different medical conditions throughout her entire life, after she was diagnosed with elephantiasis when she was a child.

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The venture was fraught with difficulties from the start.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who weighed approximately 1,102 pounds hadn't left her home in Egypt for more than two decades before her trip to Mumbai.

Ahmed was initially refused a visa for India because of her inability to get to the embassy in person, until the process was expedited by India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Eman had issues getting to India, as well.

There is no history of obesity in her family, inclining the doctors to suspect a genetic mutation may be responsible for the uncontrolled weight gain.

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