500kg woman ‘halves in size’ after surgery

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An Egyptian woman, who was believed to be the world’s heaviest at 500kg (1,102lb), has now lost 250kg since undergoing weight loss surgery in February, the Times of India reports.

After losing the weight, Eman Ahmed, 36, can now fit into a wheelchair and sit up for longer periods of time, her doctors in Mumbai said.

When she travelled to India in February to have the surgery, Eman’s family said it was the first time she had left home for 25 years.

Eman suffered a stroke three years ago which left her right side paralysed and unable to leave her bed, India’s Hindustan Times newspaper reports.

She suffers occasional seizures and cannot swallow liquids or speak properly, it adds.

Giving an update on her progress, one of her doctors told the paper:

We will get a CT scan of her brain done as soon as she fits into the machine. The scan will help us understand her neurological status.

She hasn’t walked. The stroke left her bound to the bed. Our team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists are trying to mobilise her. We hope to see her walk someday, although we can’t determine the exact timeframe yet.”

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