Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who was once thought to be the world’s heaviest woman, has died in hospital soon after her 37th birthday.
Ms Ahmed had a rare thyroid condition which radically affected her metabolism, using a string of knock-on consequences on her heart, kidneys and respiratory system.
She weighed 504kg when she had been admitted to the hospital, but had seemingly lost over 250kg after extensive surgery.
Before therapy, her family said she was not able to leave the home for 25 years.
She underwent bariatric surgery – that often requires the fitting of a gastric band or the elimination of a part of the gut – and was placed on a liquid diet.
Ms Ahmed was later moved to Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi after discussions between the family members and staff at Saifee hospital in Mumbai over the expense of therapy and the amount of weight she’d really lost while she was an inpatient.
A team of 20 experts were assigned to her care, and additional operations were planned for later in the year.
But on Friday her condition deteriorated dramatically and hospital personnel said she died on Monday.
In a statement, staff in the Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi said: “Eman Abdul Atti… was under the supervision of a medical team of more than 20 doctors from various specialities who were handling her medical condition from the time she came in the UAE.
Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family.