Eman Ahmed Abdelaty, the 36-year-old Egyptian woman who at 500 kilos was the world’s heaviest, successfully underwent surgery in India last month has been filmed doing a little dance as she makes baby steps towards recovery.
In the video, obtained by India’s mid-day.com news outlet, Eman is seen grooving to Arabic music with her sister standing by her side.
The site says that Eman had previously been unable to make such movements.
According to agency reports earlier this month, the weight-loss surgery helped her lose over 100 kilograms (220 pounds).
A spokeswoman for Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who is leading Eman’s treatment, said the Egyptian’s weight had been brought under 400 kilograms since she arrived in Mumbai in early February. “Eman has lost over 100 kilograms and has been shedding weight gradually on a daily basis with all the treatment and support,” she told AFP.
According to the hospital, she is now on oral fluids and accepting them well. “The future course of action for the medical team working on her will be to correct all her associated medical problems, to get her fit enough to fly back to Egypt as soon as possible,” the statement said. The hospital said that the patient is now in post-op care and that more updates will be shared in due course.
Al Arabiya had earlier reported that Eman’s quality of life has been improving, the doctor was quoted as saying: “…she can now pass urine through a catheter as opposed to soiling her clothes, her body is softening, and she can even raise her arm a little. I deliberately salute her when I go to see her and she attempts to salute me back.”
The Egyptian, who is from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, was flown to Mumbai in a specially modified Airbus on February 11 for treatment. Bariatric surgery is a stomach-shrinking bypass procedure carried out on those wanting to lose excessive weight.
Before the surgery, Eman could not even lift her hands, having been lying flat on her bed at her home in Alexandria for almost two decades.