The largest woman in the world, weighing 500kg, Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty aged 36 underwent a bariatric surgery in March, which halved her weight. According to medics, Eman has been suffering from a rare genetic disorder that tells her body she is always hungry. According to renowned bariatric surgeon Muffazal Lakdawala, who operated on the Egyptian woman on March 7 at Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital, in India she has lost 242 kg since her arrival in India in February. She can now fit into a wheelchair and sit up for longer periods of time.

She went through bariatric surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) – in March and lost 130kg within a month. This is a surgical weight loss procedure in which a large portion of the stomach is removed, reducing to about 15% of its original size. 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). In the case of Eman, around 75% of her stomach was removed by the surgeon to limit her consumption of food.

In a statement Dr Lakdawala said that Ms Abd El Aty continued to “rapidly” lose weight, however 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.

Eman who weighed 5kg at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis will be placed on a trial drug for obesity after six months. She is being cared for by her mother and her sister.