The world's former heaviest woman Eman Abdul Atti passed away on Monday due to complications the underlying comorbid conditions, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction. At her heaviest, the 37-year-old weighed 1,100lbs (500 kgs) and was bed ridden for the majority of her adult life. She was admitted at the hospital on May 4 after arriving in the UAE from India. Doctors at the Burjeel Hospital had previously shared pictures and videos of improvement in Eman's health conditions and said that she was making a positive recovery.
In Abu Dhabi, more than 20 health care professionals were assigned to evaluate Eman and chart a treatment plan, which was divided into three stages.
They said her weight was caused by a thyroid condition.
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Her request for an Indian visa was initially denied, but she was granted passage after the doctor who volunteered to do her initial surgery tweeted a plea for help directly to India's foreign minister, who intervened.
She reportedly lost 324 kg during her weight-loss treatment.
Her death comes few days after she celebrated her 37th birthday on September 9, surrounded by family and friends. "We are happy that we did bring her weight down", he had said in response to the family's charges. "With surgery, we took a chance and so did her family".
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Dr. Mufazzal Lakdawala, who headed the team of doctors that treated her for obesity at Saifee Hospital, was unavailable for comment but expressed his condolences on Twitter.
Her sister started a campaign online to help raise awareness about her plight.
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Eman's pillar of strength, her sister Shaimaa Selim, is inconsolable.