A woman who was once the heaviest woman in the world has passed away from weight related complications in hospital this week. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty died in the United Arab Emirates on the 25th of September 2017 following a lifelong struggle with her weight. We would like to share her story and offer our sincerest condolences to her friends and family at this difficult time.
At her heaviest, 37 year old Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty weighed 1,100 pounds which is the same as 500kg. Her weight caused numerous health issues, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction. Before leaving her home this year to go to hospital, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty had been confined to her house for 25 years! It’s hard to imagine how isolating it must be to stare at the same four walls for almost three decades.
Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty had travelled to India from her native country of Egypt earlier this year to undergo weight loss surgery. She had undergone the bariatric surgery and had lost around 660 pounds, which is almost 300kg, as a result. However, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty’s sister publicly disputed this and was still concerned for her wellbeing after all of the stress that had been put on her body.
Following this dispute, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty was transferred to another hospital in India. Doctors had determined that her weight issues had been caused by a thyroid condition, which caused her weight to skyrocket at a young age. She lost the ability to walk when she was just 11 and had a severe stroke during her teens. Being bedridden only caused her weight to rise even more. At the time of her death there were a team of 20 doctors caring for her but she had previously been dealing with cardiac issues.
Bariatric Surgery is seen as the last resort for those struggling with weight loss. However, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty had work to do before she was even allowed the surgery in the first place. She had to lose 220 pounds, or 100kg, before she could be operated on safely. Following the surgery Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty had planned to stay in the hospital to work with physiotherapists who were to help her learn to use her limbs, which had not been used in years.
I think everyone in the world has struggled with their weight and self esteem at some point and this is what makes Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty’s story all the more upsetting. The loneliness she must have felt while confined to her home for 25 years is difficult to imagine and it’s sad to think that this story had to end just as she was trying to make positive changes for herself.
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