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Egyptian Once Known as ‘World’s Heaviest Woman’ Dies in Abu Dhabi | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Eman Ahmed, an Egyptian woman who underwent weight loss surgery, is carried on a stretcher as she leaves a hospital in Mumbai, India May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

An Egyptian once widely believed as “the world’s heaviest woman” has died in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates at the age of 37.

A statement from Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi said that Eman Abdul Atti died at 4:35 a.m. on Monday.

The hospital said: “Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family.”

Doctors described her death as being due to complications from her weight, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction.

At one point, Atti reportedly weighed around 500 kilograms. She had been bedridden for 25 years because of her weight, which doctors blamed on a thyroid condition.

By the age of 11, she was too heavy to support her weight standing up and had to crawl on her knees.

Atti arrived in the UAE in May, receiving care from a team of 20 doctors at Burjeel Hospital.

In March, she received medical treatment in India and underwent a series of operations that saw her lose some 300 kilograms.