Eman Ahmed Abdulati, the "world's heaviest woman," passed away early Monday morning in Abu Dhabi's Burjeel Hospital.
The 37-year-old Egyptian woman, who was said to weigh more than 500 kilograms, captured international headlines with her dramatic journey that took her from Egypt to India, and then to the UAE to seek treatment for morbid obesity caused by elephantiasis.
Burjeel Hospital's management said it is "deeply saddened, adding that Abdulati died "due to an intestinal shock and kidney failure," according to Khaleej Times.
"She was supervised by a team of more than 20 doctors from different disciplines who had successfully improved her health since she arrived in the UAE," the hospital said in an official statement.
Abdulati's journey to recovery began with a Facebook post
Abdulati first made headlines in October, when her family and friends turned to Facebook to seek assistance for her devastating condition.
"Eman said that she appeals to the president and she said in her letter 'I haven't gotten out of my room for 25 years and I wish to be treated at The Maadi Military Hospital,'" a Facebook post sharing photos of Abdulati said.
Although Abdulati did not receive assistance in Egypt, an Indian doctor reached out and offered his help.
Getting Abdulati to India wasn't exactly simple. With her extreme size and inability to move, a crane was required to remove her from her home. She finally traveled to India via an Egypt Air cargo plane in February.
After a few weeks of treatment, Abdulati was already improving. She was able to lift herself for the first time in years and doctors expressed optimism. However, in April, after tensions between her Egyptian family and Indian doctors arose, she was transferred to Abu Dhabi for surgery and further treatment.
Her condition appeared to be improving dramatically
In July, Abdulati made a public appearance and things were looking up, with doctors saying she had made "remarkable progress."
"Our goal is to give Abdulati the best quality of life that is possible, and we are working to help her reduce her body weight to half what it was when she initially arrived," Dr. Yassin El Shahat, chief medical officer at Burjeel Hospital, said at the time.
Earlier this month, doctors continued to express optimism even suggesting she would be able to visit the Abu Dhabi corniche and enjoy an ice cream soon.
But tragically, her long journey to recovery has come to an end.
According to the hospital's statement, Abdulati's family has expressed their appreciation to the doctors and management who took on her case. They have also extended their thanks to the rulers and people of the UAE who supported her throughout.
"We offer our prayers and sincere condolences to the family of the deceased," the hospital responded.