New Delhi: Not kidding! Eman Ahmed, who weighed almost 500 kg and was known as world's heaviest woman, has dropped down her body size to half and lost about 250 kg in just two months.
According to renowned bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who operated on the Egyptian woman on March 7 at Mumbai's Saifee Hospital, she has lost 242 kg since her arrival in India in February.
“Eman has lost 242 kg so far,” Dr Lakdawala said while accepting a Man of the Year award for his contribution to the medical field on Tuesday.
Eman underwent a bariatric surgery - sleeve gastrectomy - on March 7 and lost 130kg within a month.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss procedure in which a large portion of the stomach is removed, reducing to about 15% of its original size. In case of Eman, around 75% of her stomach was removed by the surgeon to limit her consumption of food.
“Eman and her journey towards continued improvement in her health status continues,” said a statement released by the Saifee Hospital team managing Eman.
Eman, who arrived in Mumbai on February 11, lost 100 kg with a strict liquid diet and physiotherapy within just days of her arrival. She underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on March 7.
Dr Lakdawala said the surgery and a special diet has helped Eman lose 242kg since she landed in India, which was beyond his expectations.
The rapid weight loss has dramatically improved Eman's health parameters as her heart, kidneys, lung and fluid levels are all under control now.
However, Eman continues to be paralysed on the right side and suffers occasional seizures as a result of a brain stroke she had suffered three years ago, said one of the doctors, adding that they will check her brain with a CT scan machine as soon as possible.
Earlier, Eman's tests revealed that she has a rare genetic defect that has made her abnormally obese. The gene identified as the cause of obesity in Eman is a 'homozygous missense variant' in the LEPR gene.
Doctors treating the 36-year-old Eman had said that she could be the only known person to have such genetic defect.