World's fattest woman leaves house after two decades for stomach op - and loses 16 stone

The world's fattest woman at 79 stone (500kg) has lost a fifth of her body weight in three weeks after flying for life-saving stomach surgery in India.

Bed-ridden Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty had not left the house for more than two decades until she was flown to Mumbai last month for bariatric surgery.

Doctors have now said the 37-year-old had a "successful" stomach-shrinking procedure and has shed 100kg (15st 10) since her arrival.

The 37-year-old Egyptian patient is taking oral fluids and "accepting them well".

Saifee Hospital said: "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."

A spokeswoman for head doctor Muffazal Lakdawala said: "Eman has lost over 100kg and has been shedding weight gradually on a daily basis with all the treatment and support."

After landing in Mumbai, she had been driven to the hospital in a large truck, and a crane then lifted her bed into the medical facility.

As a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, which causes the limbs and other body parts to swell.

Ms Abd El Aty, from Alexandria, has suffered a stroke and faced other serious conditions due to her weight including diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and sleep deprivation.

She is still believed to be the world's heaviest woman ahead of American Pauline Potter, who weighed 46 stone (293kg) last July.