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The world's most obese woman has died despite losing more than 300 kilos

At over 500 kilos, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty was the most obese woman in the world. :: AFP
At over 500 kilos, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty was the most obese woman in the world. :: AFP
  • The Egyptian reached a weight of more than half a tonne before a team of doctors brought her under their care

The world's most obese woman died on Tuesday. According to the hospital in Abu Dhabi where she was being treated, the death was caused by a series of cardiac episodes and a renal artery failure. After reaching a weight in excess of 500 kilogrammes, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty was considered the most obese woman in the world.

25 years in bed

Eman, who is from Alexandria in Egypt, suffered from a case of elephantiasis, the pains from which left her bed-bound for 25 years - a story which shocked the world. The sedentary life caused by the illness led to the lethal weight gain. Having reached such a life-threatening size, medical experts intervened and last February she was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai where she underwent a surgical procedure to assist in weight loss. Alongside the surgical treatments, Eman was subjected to a strict diet and managed to lose an astonishing 323 kilogrammes. In May, she was transferred to the Burjee hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where 20 medical staff were dedicated to treating her.

Weight reduction surgical procedures are becoming ever more frequent in India, where obesity figures, particularly in urban areas, are on the rise.