Egyptian woman leaves Indian hospital more than 660 pounds lighter

MUMBAI, May 4 (Reuters) - An Egyptian woman widely believed to have been the world's heaviest woman left an Indian hospital on Thursday more than 661 lbs. lighter for further treatment in Abu Dhabi.

Eman Ahmed, who weighed more than half a metric ton (1,100 lbs.) when she was operated on in March, has not walked for 25 years. She is in her mid-30s.

A series of operations in Mumbai brought her weight down to below 440 lb., her doctor, Muffazal Lakdawala, wrote in a blog post. But she would need further surgery to walk again, he said.

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Eman Ahmed, an Egyptian woman who underwent weight loss surgery, is carried on a stretcher as she leaves a hospital in Mumbai, India May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
MUMBAI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 11: Eman Ahmed, World's heaviest woman (500-kg) from Egypt with her sister, arrives on Saturday morning ahead of a bariatric surgery, as she is scheduled to undergo at Saifee Hospital, Charni Road, on February 11, 2017 in Mumbai, India. A special crane was used by the hospital to carry her bed inside the structure, prepared according her treatment needs. Doctors from the hospital said that Eman?s journey took five hours to reach Mumbai from her hometown in Egypt and no medical complications occurred during the flight. Two doctors had accompanied Eman from Egypt to India. (Photo by Prashant Waydande/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Eman Ahmed, an Egyptian woman who underwent weight loss surgery, is carried on a stretcher as she leaves a hospital in Mumbai, India May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
MUMBAI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 11: Eman Abdellatif, possibly the worlds heaviest woman arrives at Saifee Hospital, on February 11, 2017 in Mumbai, India. An Egyptian woman, who weighs around 500kg, reached Mumbai for a weight-reducing bariatric surgery in a specially arranged chartered flight on Saturday. The 36-year-old Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty stepped out of her house for the first time in 25 years to come to Mumbai. She has been suffering from multiple medical conditions and her treatment will be a long process which is expected to stretch over a couple of years. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Eman Ahmed, an Egyptian woman who underwent weight loss surgery, is carried on a stretcher as she leaves a hospital in Mumbai, India May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
MUMBAI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 11: Convey of police cars, ambulance of Eman Ahmed, World's heaviest woman (500-kg) from Egypt, as she is scheduled to undergo at Saifee Hospital, Charni Road, on February 11, 2017 in Mumbai, India. A special crane was used by the hospital to carry her bed inside the structure, prepared according her treatment needs. Doctors from the hospital said that Eman?s journey took five hours to reach Mumbai from her hometown in Egypt and no medical complications occurred during the flight. Two doctors had accompanied Eman from Egypt to India. (Photo by Prashant Waydande/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Egyptian national Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty (L) is taken on a stretcher towards an ambulance at a hospital in Mumbai on May 4, 2017. An Egyptian once believed to be the 'world's heaviest woman' has left an Indian hospital for the United Arab Emirates where she will continue treatment following drastic weight-loss surgery, doctors said. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian bariatric surgeon Muffazal Lakdawala (R) looks on as images of Egyptian national Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who weighs around 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds), are shown at a press conference in Mumbai on February 13, 2017. Abd El Aty, 36, believed to be the world's heaviest woman, weighing around 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) will undergo weight reduction surgery in India after an intervention from the country's foreign minister ensured her a visa. / AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian national Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty (L) is taken on a stretcher towards an ambulance at a hospital in Mumbai on May 4, 2017. An Egyptian once believed to be the 'world's heaviest woman' has left an Indian hospital for the United Arab Emirates where she will continue treatment following drastic weight-loss surgery, doctors said. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Lakdawala wrote on Wednesday that he had promised Ahmed "a healthier life and weight loss" which he had achieved.

"Her bone structure is poor," Lakdawala wrote. "So many years of disuse have compounded the problem. She will need multiple surgeries to straighten her hips and knees."

Indian media outlets have said Ahmed's family was not satisfied with her treatment in Mumbai and that differences had arisen with the staff.

Ahmed's family could not be immediately reached for comment.

(Reporting by Rahul Bhatia; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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