Eman Ahmed's death spells gloom among city doctors

Within two months of treatment in Saifee Hospital, Eman lost more than 242 kilos

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Eman Ahmed's death spells gloom among city doctors
Eman underwent treatment in Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital early this year


Two weeks after Eman Ahmed celebrated her 37th birthday on September 11 along with family members and staff of Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, she passed away on Monday morning. The news came as a shock to everyone associated with her treatment in Mumbai. The doctors knew she was recovering well and gradually improving.

Before being shifted by her sister, Shaimaa Selim, to Burjeel Hospital on May 4, Eman, who was once the world's heaviest woman, was admitted to Mumbai 's Saifee Hospital in February to undergo weight-loss surgery. The team of doctors in Mumbai had visited her home in Alexandria, Egypt, before shifting her to Mumbai by an aircraft.

Within two months of treatment in Saifee Hospital, Eman lost more than 242 kilos. Later, in the first week of May Eman was discharged and shifted to Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking about her death, Dr Aparna Govil Bhaskar, who was part of the team treating Eman in Mumbai, said it might have been a sudden complication that caused her death.

Dr Aparna, a bariatric surgeon at Global Hospital in Parel, said, "Her medical parameters were improving. Her health was perfectly fine. What went wrong and caused her sudden death can be explained by the Burjeel Hospital doctors, who were treating her lately. It looks like she died suddenly. After the surgery in Saifee Hospital, her health was showing consistent improvement. She was a brave girl and wanted to live her life."

While DNA tried speaking to Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who led the team of doctors that treated Eman and conducted weight-loss bariatric surgery on her, was not available for any comment. According to doctors at Burjeel Hospital, Eman's treatment was in advanced planning stages of the second phase. It would have taken around four months for her to complete the treatment.

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and MD of VPS Healthcare, earlier said that one of the major challenges, when she arrived, was to improve her ability to communicate and to make her believe that she can be better.


  • September 25: Eman passes away due to complications, including kidney dysfunction.
  • September 11, 2017: Then, the world’s heaviest woman, turned 37.
  • April 30, 2017: Eman’s family decides to shift her to the UAE.
  • March 7, 2017: Loses over 100kilos after surgery.
  • February 11, 2017: Brought to Saifee Hospital in Mumbai.
  • December 6, 2016: Union Minister Sushma Swaraj offers help to Eman.
  • October 24, 2016: Eman Ahmed, weighing 504 kilos, declared world’s heaviest woman.

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