Abu Dhabi: Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed, who came to India for weight-loss surgery and then left for Abu Dhabi amid controversy, has died.
The 37-year-old had been in Abu Dhabi since May. Dubbed the world’s heaviest woman, she weighed around 500 kilograms when she arrived in Mumbai in March. She reportedly lost 324 kg during her weight-loss treatment at the city’s Saifee hospital. She was put on a special liquid diet at the hospital to reduce her weight enough so that doctors could perform bariatric surgery.
When she left, she weighed around 176 kg. Doctors in Mumbai said she would go through physiotherapy in Abu Dhabi’s VPS Burjeel.
Ms Ahmed’s treatment at Saifee hospital took a controversial turn after her sister alleged that the results had not been satisfactory. Ms Ahmed’s sister also claimed that the doctors were using her for publicity. Doctors however dismissed the allegations as “complete hogwash”.
Doctors claimed that the hospital did not charge “a single penny” from Eman’s family for the treatment. “We have not asked for a single penny from Eman’s family. We are happy that we did bring her weight down,” Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who supervised her treatment at the Mumbai hospital, said.
According to Saifee authorities, the total cost incurred on Eman’s treatment was around Rs. 3 crore, of which the hospital received Rs. 65 lakh in the form of donations from Indians.