Eman Ahmed, the 37 year old Egyptian national died of heart and kidney failure in Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi yesterday. She was undergoing treatment in Burjeel Hospital after being shifted from Mumbai hospital in May this year.
At the time of birth, Ahmed weighed about 5 kgs. By the time she was 11, she started gaining weight more than a normal child. By the year 2014, she weighed 300 kgs with high cholesterol levels. A stroke resulted in her being paralysed and completely bedridden.
In another two years, her weight reached to 500 kgs. and she developed more complications and diseases like diabetes, severe lymphedema and water retention, hypothyroidism and hypertension.
Her family started looking for help for her treatment and approached Indian surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala. She was later flown to Mumbai by Egypt Airlines in freighter aircraft Airbus 300-600 in a specially created bed, from where she was transferred to Saifee Hospital in a custom-modified truck.
She underwent treatment and surgery at the Saifee Hospital and loss a good amount of weight during the process, approx. 330 kgs. She was under constant care of a team of doctors, specialists and other staff. Her sister had a fall out with the doctors and alleged that they were lying about her weight loss. Against Indian Doctors’ advise, Ahmed was later shifted to Abu Dhabi in VPS Healthcare, a multi-specialty hospital. A medical evacuation team airlifted Ahmed to Dubai. She was reported to be recovering but died due to the complications.