Once known as the world's heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed, who underwent weight loss treatment in Mumbai, passed away at 4.35am on Monday due to complications from the underlying comorbid conditions, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction, at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
37-year-old Eman weighed roughly 500 kilogrammes when she arrived in India in February, but had lost an astonishing 323 kilogrammes since undergoing a series of medical procedures. Eman had been admitted at Burjeel hospital on May 4 after arriving in the UAE from India.
She had been under the supervision of over 20 doctors from different specialities, who were managing her medical condition.
In Feb 2017, Eman Ahmed travelled to Mumbai where a group of doctors treated her successfully using bariatric surgery. She remained in Mumbai after the operation for several months.
Eman underwent bariatric surgery at the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai in March in India in which doctors reduced the size of her stomach by two-thirds, so as to reduce her food intake. Her genetic tests had showed that she had a rare gene mutation that cannot be cured through surgery.
The aim was to perform two operations, and during the next three and a half years, reduce her weight to less than 100kg (220 pounds).
She lost about 325 kilograms (715 pounds) after undergoing weight-loss treatment in India. She left on April 5 this year for the United Arab Emirates for long-term treatment. She was being treated by a team of 20 doctors at Abu Dhabi's Burjeel Hospital.
Her treatment in India was abruptly stopped after her sister Shaimaa, on social media, alleged that Eman was not receiving proper treatment in India.
She had alleged that the doctors at Saifee, made "false claims" about Eman's recovery and weight loss.
Eman, a resident of Alexandria in Egypt, had not stepped out of her house for more than two decades due to her obese condition followed by a stroke that left her paralysed on one side a year ago.
(With PTI inputs)