'World's heaviest woman' dies after being bedridden for 25 years

'World's heaviest woman' dies after being bedridden for 25 years

The woman once dubbed the heaviest in the world has passed away at the age of 37.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, from Alexandria, Egypt, had recently undergone surgery when she died from various complications relating to her weight, including kidney dysfunction and heart disease.

At her heaviest she weighed 1,100 lbs (500 kgs), and was restricted to her bed for most of her life. Heavy since she was young, it is her parents' belief that Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty suffered from an infectious disease called elephantiasis, which causes severe swelling in the arms and legs.

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Due to this, she lost the ability to walk when she was just 11 years old, after a cerebral stroke rendered her unable to leave her bed. The lack of movement in her bed only caused the condition to worsen over time. At one point doctors believed she had a thyroid issue, a hormone that regulates your metabolism. Around 5-10 lbs of body weight are dependent on the thyroid, depending on the severity of the case, with her condition far out of this range.

Her sister started an online campaign to help raise awareness, which attracted the attention of a Mumbai doctor, Dr. Lakdawala, who took on her case for free. She was flown over in March, inside a modified plane in January that could take her weight. This was the first time she had left the house in 25 years.

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Before the procedure, she had to lose 220 lbs to be able to make it onto the operating table. After this the bariatric surgery could be completed, a last resort operation that can be used to restrict the size of the stomach. The surgery was announced to be a success, and the hospital released photos of Ms Abd El Aty, claiming that she could now fit into a wheelchair, sit for longer periods of time, and had lost 600 lbs .

Afterwards, Eman's sister Shaimaa revealed that she believed that the hospital had lied about the weight loss and were sending her home too soon, speaking in a video she published online:

"He didn't weigh her before and after. If he has any proof of her weight loss, show us the video of her weight before and after."

"There are cases like this in other parts of the world. In America and in other countries, there are heavyweight people. They have been in the hospital for one or two years to lose weight and become normal.

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"But just after a month or two here, the doctors say that I can take my sister back. I asked them how, as she is still very big and if anything happens to her in Egypt, how can I go to a hospital there?"

"It would be impossible and nobody would help me in Egypt. I said, 'Please please keep her for a long time to help her lose weight'"

The hospital angrily dismissed these claims and stuck by its earlier statements. Eman was then transferred from the specialist surgery to a hospital Abu Dhabi in May, where she continued to recover. Unfortunately, this week Eman passed away, before she was able have the additional surgeries planned, or take part in the physiotherapy sessions needed to regain the use of her limbs.

The Abu Dhabi hospital released an announcement as to her death, but there hasn't been a specific cause given for her death as of yet.