Funeral for Eman Abdel-Ati, 'world's heaviest woman,' to be held in Alexandria on Tuesday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Sep 2017

A cake prepared for Eman by her Family on her last birthday (Photo: Ahram)

The funeral of Eman Abdel-Ati, the Egyptian woman who was widely described as the heaviest in the world before her death on Monday, is set to be held on Tuesday in Alexandria.

Abdel-Ati died in an Abu Dhabi hospital on Monday, just a few weeks after celebrating her 37th birthday, due to complications related to heart disease and kidney dysfunction, Burjeel Hospital said.

Her body arrived in Cairo on Tuesday morning.

Before travelling to Mumbai, India for surgery in March, she weighed some 500 kilograms. After a liquid diet in hospital and subsequent bariatric surgery, she weighed just 176.6 kilograms.

Abdel-Ati was transferred to Abu Dhabi in May to continue treatment, including a year-long course of physiotherapy, at the insistence of her sister, Shaaima Selim, who accused doctors in India of “lying” and putting her sister’s life in jeopardy.

The Mumbai hospital has rejected the accusations.

The Alexandrian woman’s trip to Mumbai earlier this year was the first time she had left her ground-floor flat in the Mediterranean port city in two decades.

Suffering from morbid obesity since her childhood, she appealed for help to Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in October 2016, asking him to save her life.

Her sister then got in touch with renowned Indian physician Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who fundraised to cover Abdel-Ati’s travel costs.

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