World's heaviest woman who did not leave her room for 25 years loses half her weight after surgery



An Indian hospital treating an Egyptian woman, believed to have been the world's heaviest woman, says she has lost 250kg (550lbs) after surgery.
Eman Abd El Aty's family said she originally weighed 500kg - and was unable to leave her home for 25 years.
Ms Abd El Aty underwent bariatric surgery at Mumbai's Saifee hospital two months ago.
The hospital said she could now fit into a wheelchair and sit up for longer periods of time.
The surgery was performed by a team of doctors led by bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala.
The hospital has released new pictures of Ms Abd El Aty following weight reduction surgery.
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).
Ms Abd El Aty's family says she weighed 5kg (11lb) at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition in which body parts swell due to a parasitic infection.
By the time she was 11, her weight had risen sharply and she suffered a stroke which left her bedridden.
She is cared for by her mother and sister.
Ms Abd El Aty's weight loss means she may no longer be the heaviest woman alive.

Source: BBC

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