MUMBAI – An Egyptian woman, who came to India in February for treatment, has lost 242 kg, her doctors say.

Eman Ahmed was considered the heaviest woman in the world until her visit to Mumbai.

The 36 years old was admitted to Saifee Hospital where Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the doctor heading the team of surgeons treating her at, weighed her at 498kg.

A little over a month after she was put on a special diet, which was followed by a surgery on March 7, the 36-year-old now weighs 262kg, the Hindustan Times reported.

Dr Lakdawala said the extent of the post-surgical recovery was beyond his expectations. “The surgery (Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy) and a special diet has helped her lose 242kg (or 50%) since she landed in India.”

The sudden weight loss is surprising for her doctors because they were expecting a slow drop.

The weight loss, said doctors, had also dramatically improved her health – Eman’s heart, kidneys and lungs are functioning better and her water retention levels were under control, they said.

“There is a spectacular improvement in her kidneys. Her creatinine levels – which the kidneys regulate – were 3.7 mg/dL when she came to us. It is now down to 1 mg/dL,” said Dr Hemal Shah, head of the Nephrology department and one of the 13 doctors treating Eman.

Creatinine levels show how healthy a person’s kidneys are. Most women with normal kidney function have between 0.5 to 1.1 mg/dL of creatinine.

Eman, however, continues to be paralysed on the right side of her body and suffer occasional seizures as a result of the brain stroke she had suffered three years ago.