World’s Heaviest Woman, Eman Ahmed, Dies

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty - Late World's Heaviest Woman
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty - Late World's Heaviest Woman

Former heaviest woman in the world, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, has died in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

Aged 37, Abd El Aty, from Alexandria, Egypt, once weighed 1,100 lbs, and before her surgery earlier this year had not left her house since she was 17.

Doctors at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi said Miss Ahmed Abd El Aty had died due to complications from her weight, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction.

The hospital said: ‘Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family.’

Doctors blamed her weight on a thyroid condition, while her family claimed she suffered from elephantiasis, a parasitic infection which causes extreme swelling in a person’s limbs and arms.

Her family has said that she has been heavy all her life, even as a baby. By the time she was 11 she was too heavy to walk, and had to crawl to get around.

Not long after, she suffered a cerebral stroke, which left her bedridden, causing her to pile on the pounds.

After a desperate plea for help, a doctor in Mumbai offered to take on her case free of charge.

In March Miss Ahmed Abd El Aty was flown to Mumbia designed to deal with her sizeable 1,100lb frame.

After first losing more than 220 pounds in order to fit onto the operating table, she successfully underwent a gastric sleeve surgery and was reported in April to have lost 660 lbs – more than half of her body weight.