Dubai: Eman Abdul Atti, an Egyptian national believed to be the ‘world’s heaviest woman’, died today in a hospital in the UAE due to complications from her weight, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction, the hospital said.
Earlier she was undergoing treatment at the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai where she underwent treatment for severe obesity, a result of a rare genetic defect.
“The gene identified as the cause of obesity in Eman is a ‘homozygous missense variant’ in the LEPR gene. This gene variant was previously detected in one individual during a research carried out through the Personalised Diabetes Medicine Programme, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and it has been classified as a ‘variant of uncertain significance’,”Dr Muffazal Lakdawala said.
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The 37-year-old weighed roughly 500 kilograms when she arrived in India in February but had lost an astonishing 323 kilogrammes since undergoing a series of medical procedures.
Eman died at the Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi due to complications from the underlying comorbid conditions, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction, according to medical experts at the hospital.
She had been under the supervision of over 20 doctors from different specialities, who were managing her medical condition.
“Eman’s family expressed their appreciation for the care and treatment provided to her by Burjeel Hospital. They were also grateful to the rules and people of the UAE for their support the Eman during her treatment in Abu Dhabi.”
“Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family, said the hospital.”
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