An inspiring story turned totally tragic on Sept. 25, when the woman who was once believed to be the heaviest in the world passed away at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty of Egypt died at just 37 years old, after suffering from heart disease and kidney malfunction related to her weight, according to The Independent. Watch the video below to learn more about Eman.
Eman had reached an unbelievable 1,102 pounds at her heaviest point. She couldn’t walk or even move, and family said that she hadn’t left her home in over 25 years. Her community banded together in February 2017 to get her to Saifee Hospital in Mumbai by using a special bed and cranes to lift her into an airplane. Eman was given an emergency bariatric surgery, which is usually done by putting a gastric band around the stomach or taking out a portion of the organ. She was also put on a liquid diet, and was said to have lost nearly 700 pounds during her treatment.
The family had some disagreements with the hospital in Mumbai, and decided to move her to Burjeel Hospital. “[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,” said the hospital in a statement. Unfortunately, it was not enough to save her life. On Sept. 22 her condition suddenly got much worse, and on Sept. 25 she was found dead in her hospital bed.
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Eman suffered from extreme obesity her whole life, stemming from a rare thyroid condition that caused her metabolism to be extremely slow. “Eman didn’t live life as everyone does,” said sister Shaimaa Ahmed to CNN in 2016. “She didn’t enjoy her childhood or youth. She’s been battling with her illness for 36 years.” Over the course of her life, that caused negative effects on her heart, kidneys, and respiratory system. “Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family,” said the hospital.