37 year old Eman Ahmed, from Egypt, believed till recently to be ‘the world’s heaviest woman’ died after fighting a long battle with a rare genetic disorder which made her obese in extreme. She was being treated by 20 medical professionals at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Doctors confirmed that cause of her death was various kidney dysfunction including heart disease and her weight complications.
Eman was diagnosed with elephantiasis which is a rare condition that causes extreme swelling in the limbs. She was overweight from her childhood, and even had a stroke at age of 11 which left her housebound for the rest of her life. She went through many complicated weight loss surgeries and treatments which saw her lose some weight last year.
She had spent most of her life bed-ridden as she could not stand or walk. She had to be lifted by crane and flown in a cargo plane while being transferred from her home to the hospital. At one point, Eman Ahmed weighed around 1,100 pounds. As per reports, the wall of her room and door had to be knocked down to bring her out to be placed within cargo plane.
Eman Ahmed arrived in the UAE in May and received care from a team of 20 specialized doctors at Burjeel Hospital. Before Burjeel Hospital she got medical treatment in India and underwent a major weight loss surgery which helped her lose 660 pounds.
Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family!