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Former 'world's heaviest woman' passes away in Abu Dhabi

Egyptian woman died while receiving treatment for a cardiac issue in the UAE

Former 'world's heaviest woman' passes away in Abu Dhabi
Eman Ahmad Abdul Atti, formerly the world’s heaviest woman, pictured celebrating her 37th birthday at Burjeel Hospital.

Eman Abdul Atti, the former world’s heaviest woman, passed away on Monday at Al Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

The 37-year-old Egyptian was receiving treatment for heart disease and kidney dysfunction brought on by obesity, the hospital said.

Since arriving in the UAE in May, Atti was receiving long-term treatment from a medical team of over 20 doctors of different specialities, the hospital said.

The hospital offered their prayers and heartfelt condolences to Atti’s family.

In February this year, Atti had travelled to Egypt for bariatric surgery, which includes a variety of weight loss procedures for obese patients.

An Indian doctor who operated on her in Mumbai told the BBC that he believed she weighed at least 450kg and was diagnosed with elephantiasis at birth, where limb and other body parts swell due to a parasitic infection.

Following her treatment in India, Atti lost around 325 kg (715 pounds). She then travelled to the UAE capital for long-term treatment for a “cardiac issue,” doctors said.

Atti was considered to be the heaviest living woman in the world and the second heaviest woman in history after Carol Yager who died in 1994 aged 34.