Worlds heaviest woman holds press conference in UAE

The Egyptian known in the media as the ‘world’s heaviest woman,’ Eman Abdel Aaty, has been placed in a wheelchair for the first time, in Abu Dhabi, since she suffered from a deep vein thrombosis two years ago.

Aaty held a press conference Monday with her doctor Yassin Ibrahim, at Burjeel Hospital, who said Aaty ‘s weight is expected to decrease between 40 to 50 kg in the second phase of her treatment.

The patient is eating food on her own and all body functions are working normally, Ibrahim said in an Emarat Al-Youm newspaper quote. The article adds Aaty appeared on a wheeled-bed, and her health condition seemed greatly improved. She was smiling and pointing to photographers’ cameras.

Ibrahim explained that Aaty attended the press conference herself as a sign of the stability of her medical condition.

Burjeel Hospital Chairman, Shamsheer Vayalil, said the main goal is to reduce the weight of Aaty to less than 100 kg during the coming period.

He added the cost of her treatment, since she came to the UAE two and a half months ago, would not be announced.

Egypt’s Ambassador to the UAE Wael Gad participated in the conference. He expressed his happiness for the interest of the UAE and their care for the patient.

The UAE newspaper quoted Shaima, the sister of the patient, as saying that she noticed a significant improvements, thanking the UAE and the hospital responsible for the condition of her sister.

Aaty’s case sparked controversy after her sister appealed to everyone to save her life, when her weight reached 500 kg, prompting an Indian doctor to take-on her case.

She had already traveled to India for treatment, but a few months later her sister accused the Indian doctor of fraud. Aaty was transferred later for treatment in Abu Dhabi.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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