Eman Ahmed, once known as the heaviest woman in the world, passed away at 4:35 am on Monday due to comorbid conditions including heart disease and kidney dysfunction, according to medical experts at the Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
The Egyptian national who weighed more than 500 kilograms when she was flown to Mumbai in February for treatment, suffered from a rare thyroid condition since childhood.
Eman lost around 330 kilograms after undergoing weight lost surgery in Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital and had been transferred to Burjeel Hospital from India on May 4, to continue rehabilitation from bariatric surgery.
But despite the apparent success of the operation, her sister, Shaimaa Selim, alleged that her treatment in Mumbai had been far short of satisfactory and that the family had been misled.
She later appeared to change her stance, saying: “Thank you to everyone…people in India. Thank you.”
When Eman left Mumbai, she weighed around 176 kg. Doctors in Mumbai said she would go through physiotherapy in Abu Dhabi’s VPS Burjeel.
She had been under the supervision of over 20 doctors from different specialities, who were managing her medical condition from the time she arrived in the UAE in May.
The statement issued by the hospital on Eman’s death read as:
“The management of Burjeel Hospital is deeply saddened by the death of Eman Abdul Atti, the heaviest woman in the world.
Eman died on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 4:35am due to an intestinal shock and kidney failure. She was supervised by a team of more than 20 doctors from different disciplines who had successfully improved her health since she arrived in the UAE.
She breathed her last early in the morning.
We offer our prayers and sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.”