After Eman Ahmed’s death, doctor urges greater attention to morbid obesity

Burjeel Hospital management confirmed to Al Arabiya English that they are going to arrange the return of Eman’s body to her home country in Egypt in the coming days. (Supplied)

Abu Dhabi - The doctor of the world's former heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty – who passed away on Monday – has warned the public of the dangers of ignoring morbid obesity.

The 37-year old Egyptian, who initially weighed 500kg, was seen dancing in her bed last month after it was reported she was making progress. Eman had suffered complications – including heart disease and kidney dysfunction – during her weight loss treatment while in India earlier this year.

“Our advice for the public is to get medical attention as soon as possible before one reaches the stage of morbid obesity,” Dr. Nabil Debouni, medical director of Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, told Al Arabiya English.

Since Eman reached Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi from Mumbai's Saifee Hospital, a team of more than 20 healthcare professionals placed her in a treatment plan divided into three stages.

“Unfortunate in the last few days there were some deterioration in her general health condition not related to any specific thing. This after all is God’s will and this is something we have to respect, we are Muslims and we believe in God and that we can help improve one’s health but it was God’s will [in the end],” Debouni told Al Arabiya English.

Burjeel Hospital management confirmed to Al Arabiya English that they are going to arrange the return of Eman’s body to her home country in Egypt in the coming days.

“We are providing full support to her family. This is part of our care. We don't care about Eman just as a patient and we care for her whole family… It is part of the comprehensive care that we provide,” he said.

(Video produced and edited by Omar El-Kattouri)

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