Eman Ahmed dies in Abu Dhabi hospital

Tuesday, 26 Sep, 2017

Till her death, she is under the supervision of 20 doctors in Abu Dhabi's Burjeel Hospital.

Eman Ahmed, the Egyptian woman who had been the subject of much media attention in India after she came to the country for a dramatic weight-loss medical procedure, passed away on Monday morning.

Abd El Aty had not left her house for 25 years, before her surgery in India. When she landed in India, her initial weight was more than 500 kgs.

Eman overcame a number of hurdles to reach what her family had hoped to be a life-saving surgery in Mumbai, including an initial refusal to grant her a visa because of her inability to get to the embassy in person.

An Egyptian woman who once held the title of "world's heaviest woman" died in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, her doctors said.

But after her family fell out with docs at Saifee hospital in May, she was later flown to Abu Dhabi's Burjeel hospital. It's unclear if she was in surgery at the time of her death. "I knew it was too much to ask to make her able to walk, but the way her health improved here, I wished the same could happen to her (in Abu Dhabi)", he said.

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Ms Ahmed had a rare thyroid condition which drastically affected her metabolism, with a series of knock-on effects on her heart, kidneys and respiratory system.

Her sister started a campaign online to help raise awareness about her plight. After her long and successful treatment in Mumbai, since February 11, she was then treated at Abu Dhabi's VPS Healthcare.

Lakdawala said his priority was to save Eman and give her quality of life.

According to UAE newspaper The National, 37-year-old Eman Ahmed Abdel Ati died from complications linked to her condition.

According to the statement, Abdul Atti's family "expressed their appreciation for the care and treatment provided by the hospital, and their gratefulness to the rulers and the people of the UAE for their support".