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10 days after surgery, Eman weighs 360 kg


Mumbai : The 36-year-old Egyptian lady, Eman Ahmed, world’s heaviest woman, who weighted 500 kg when she arrived in India from Egypt for weight-loss surgery on February 11, has lost 140 kg in five weeks and its ten day post surgery she weighs 360 kg. Dr Lakdawala said she is doing extremely well and we expect no major surgical intervention in the near future.

She underwent a laparoscopic weight-loss procedure called ‘Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy’ at Saifee Hospital on March 7 to reduce the size about 75 per cent of the stomach is removed leaving a narrow gastric ‘tube’ or ‘sleeve’ for digestive food. During conducting LSG, intestines are not removed or bypassed and surgery takes one to two hours to complete.

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon treating Ahmed said, “The weight loss is mostly because of rapid water loss, but she is now able to sit up with support. Now the weight loss will fall to 20-30 kg a month over the next few months.”

“She has done extremely well post surgery but continues to remain on tube feeds because she has difficulty in swallowing fluids due to a previous stroke she had some years ago. We expect no major surgical intervention in the near future,” added Dr Lakdawala.

Dr Lakdawala further added, “She has severe core pulmonale (right-sided heart failure). Her treatment with diuretics and protein-therapy continues, but her uric acid levels remain a challenge.”

“Physiotherapy and stabilising other medical and hormonal factors are continuing to get her fit to fly safely back to Egypt as soon as the team deem fit,” said Dr Lakdawala.

The genetic reports of Eman are still awaited from America.

Eman is on a two-hourly liquid feeding regime that begins at 6 am and ends at midnight. She is fed through a tube as she has trouble swallowing because of a stroke three years ago.