Touted as the world’s heaviest woman, 500-plus kg Eman Ahmed of Egypt was brought to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital for treatment three months ago. At present day, the woman ailing from extreme obesity lost half her body weight to feel lighter and happier. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty underwent a bariatric surgery on March under the supervision of Dr Muffazal Lakdawala. The 36-year-old has lost 242 kg and can now fit into a wheelchair and sit for a longer time. The doctor shared videos of a smiling 250-kg Eman Ahmed who certainly seemed ecstatic at the transformation.
“She can finally fit into a wheelchair and sit for a longer period of time, something we never dreamt of three months back,” said Dr Lakdawala. While accepting a Man of the Year award for his contribution to the medical field, Eman Ahmed’s saviour and Doctor Muffazal Lakdawala said, “Eman has lost 242 kg so far.”
Most of her obesity-related problems are under control, although she is still on medication for them. “She continues to lose weight rapidly, and we are waiting for her to be able to fit into a CT scan machine to know the cause of her right-sided paralysis and convulsions,” added Dr Lakdawala. After six months, she will be put on an trial drug for her monogenic obesity.
Speaking to TOI, Dr Aparna Govil said Eman is doing well. “She is more alert than before. Her physiotherapy sessions have been going on regularly.” The doctors are just concerned about Eman Ahmed’s neurological problems, which includes epileptic fits presumably from the scar left on her brain from a stroke she suffered three years ago.
Eman Ahmed who arrived in Mumbai on February 11 for her life-saving surgery underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy i.e. removal of around 75 per cent of the stomach to limit her consumption of food. The massive weight loss program began with doctors putting Eman Ahmed on a strict liquid diet and physiotherapy when she days of her arrival resulted in a weight loss of 100 kg.
She was said to be the world’s heaviest woman, but Eman Ahmed is looked after by an excellent team to get her standing on her feet. Eman had not stepped out of the house for 20 years due to obesity, worsening the matters. Most of Egyptian patient’s obesity-related problems are severe hypothyroidism, lymphoedema, right-sided heart failure, severe obstructive respiratory disease, renal failure and congestive liver problems. Despite them being under control, Eman Ahmed is still kept on medication for these. We wish the determined Eman Ahmed speedy recovery.