World’s Heaviest Woman Dies 4 Months After Weight Loss Surgery

by Julia Samuel on Sep 25 2017 8:04 PM

World’s Heaviest Woman Dies 4 Months After Weight Loss Surgery
 Eman Ahmed, formerly the 'heaviest' woman in the world, passed away in Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi due to comorbid conditions, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction.
Ahmed, who earlier weighed 500kg and suffered from a rare thyroid condition since childhood, was treated in India in the month of may and was transferred to Burjeel Hospital to continue rehabilitation from bariatric surgery.

Complications After Weight Loss

Tests had shown that Ahmed had a condition in which a leaking valve made some of the blood to flow back to the left ventricle, leading to a decrease in the capacity of the heart to pump sufficient blood to her body, and which would eventually lead to heart failure.

“Eman’s heart echo revealed a severe regurgitation (leakage) of the aortic valve. We have put her on conservative treatment with possible valve replacement as a part of the long-term plan,” Yassin El-Shahat, chief medical officer of the hospital, had said in May.

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, Eman’s treating doctor from Saifee Hospital, Mumbai, had said most of Eman’s obesity-related problems such as severe hypothyroidism, lymphoedema, right-sided heart failure (or pulmonale), severe obstructive respiratory disease, renal failure and congestive liver were under control. However, Eman still needs to be on medication.

Hemal Shah, head of the department of nephrology at the hospital, said that while water retention doesn’t usually result in an increase of more than 5-10kg, it was different in Eman’s case.