The Egyptian national had undergone gastrectomy at Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital in February this year but her sister had raised doubts on the procedure’s success
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, once known as the world heaviest woman, is no more. The 37-year-old Egyptian national had been receiving treatment for her obesity, kidney and heart ailments at Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Hospital where she passed away at around 4.35 am (local time) on Monday morning.
Eman, who weighed nearly 500 kg at the beginning of this year had been airlifted to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital in February and underwent a weight loss procedure – Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery – performed by a team of doctors led by bariatric surgeon Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala.
The Burjeel hospital had offered to take care of her medical conditions and treatment after a bitter spat broke out between Eman’s sister Shaima Selim and the Saifee Hospital management in May.
A statement issued by the Burjee Hospital said that Eman “developed complications from the underlying comorbid conditions including heart disease and kidney dysfunction.” The hospital added that Eman had been “under the supervision of a medical team of over 20 doctors from different specialties who were managing her medical condition from the time she arrived in the UAE.”
A resident of Alexandria in Egypt, Eman was brought to Mumbai on February 11 this year to undergo a weight loss surgery. 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 nearly 242 kg.
However, while the Saifee hospital management had shared some videos of Eman’s recovery, claiming that she was healing faster than they had planned, her sister Shaimaa Selim too circulated a video stating that Eman was not doing so well and that the medical team at Saifee was misleading them and the people about her actual weight loss.
After weeks of bickering between the Saifee Hospital management and Selim, management of Burjeel Hospital stepped in and offered to take further care of Eman. On May 4, Eman was flown out of Mumbai to Abu Dhabi.