‘I will miss Eman. She was more than a patient to me. She had become a family,” said Dr Nehad Halawa, head of intensive care unit, who was also in-charge of her treatment at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
Eman Ahmed, who is well known as the ex-heaviest woman in the world, died at 4.35 am on Monday morning at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi. The official statement by the hospital on Monday said she passed away due to complications from the underlying comorbid conditions including heart disease and kidney dysfunction.
According to the sources, her body left for Alexandira, her home town in Eqypt at 1.30 am on Tuesday. “She will be buried in Alexandria in few hours,” said Dr Halawa.
While speaking to MMM, Dr Halawa said, the fighting spirit and smile that were synonym to Eman was missing in last few days. “It was disheartening. She lost that spirit in the last few days.”
Eman’s unexpected and sad demise left many shocked. Dr Halawa explained to My Medical Mantra that she had a multi-organ failure and her condition deteoriated very fast in 24 hours.
She hit the headlines after her sister Shaimma Selim had reached out to the media and contacted Mumbai’s renowned bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala in October last year. After overcoming many hurdles including issuance of medical visa to her, arranging funds to meet the expenses of her travel and treatment cost, Eman was flown to Mumbai on February 11th, for her weight loss treatment.
She was looked after by a team of twelve doctors, headed by Dr Lakdawala excluding a team of nutritionists. Lakdawala not only operated on Eman on March 7, but also played a key role in bringing her to Mumbai in an EgpytAir cargo airplane from her Alexandria home in Egypt. She was shifted to Burjeel Hospital for further treatment. While leaving Mumbai she weighed 170 kilos. Eman celebrated her 37th birthday at the Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhab last week.