World's heaviest woman dies

Posted September 26, 2017

Eman was suffering from underlying comorbid conditions including heart and kidney dysfunction at Burjeel Hospital. Till her death, she is under the supervision of 20 doctors in Abu Dhabi's Burjeel Hospital.

"Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family", read a statement issued by the hospital where she died.

Eman Ahmed, who was referred to as "the world's heaviest woman", died in a hospital in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

She died just a week after celebrating her 37th birthday. Abd El Aty's weight reached an estimated 1,100 pounds a year ago, and efforts by her sister to find medical help seemed futile.

She was estimated to weigh near 500 kgs and had allegedly come down to less than 300 kgs in three months in Mumbai. Once the bariatric surgery was completed, it resulted in her losing an impressive 660 pounds (300kgs).

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She was treated at the city's famed Saifee hospital by a team of around 15 doctors led by renowned specialist, Muffazal Lakdawala. It's unclear if she was in surgery at the time of her death. But after the disputes, her sister had taken her back to Abu Dhabi. Selim alleged the doctors' claims of her weight loss were false.

The say that she subsequently suffered cerebral stroke, which left her bedridden until April this year when surgery enabled her to lose a massive 299kg. The surgery, performed by a medical team led by Dr Lakdawala took place on March 7 and within a month doctors at the Saifee hospital had claimed that she had lost almost 242 kg.

Her sister started a campaign online to help raise awareness about her plight.

Abd El Aty's family said that prior to her leaving for treatment in Mumbai in February, she hadn't left her home in 25 years, and that her extreme weight had forced her to crawl instead of walk by age 11.