World’s Fattest Woman Passes Away
Eman Abdul Atti, until recently considered the world’s fattest woman, has died just days after her 37th birthday at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
The Egyptian was initially transferred to the Emirates in May, having already undergone surgery to reduce her weight by more than 150kg in India. Having weighed in excess of 500kg on her departure from Egypt, Abdul Atti’s weight was said to have dropped to under 100kg when she appeared at a press conference in July.
Despite this drastic weight loss, medics were unable to repair the damage that had already been done to her body however - with her heart and kidneys being in especially poor shape, and she passed away at 4:35am on Monday, September 25th.
A statement issued by Burjeel Hospital said: “Eman Abdul Atti, once known as the ‘world’s heaviest woman’ passed away on Monday, 25 September 2017 at 04:35, due to complications from underlying comorbid conditions including heart disease and kidney dysfunction according to medical experts at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
“She had been under the supervision of a medical team of over 20 doctors from different specialties who were managing her medical condition from the time she arrived in the UAE.
“Eman’s family expressed their appreciation for the care and treatment provided to her by Burjeel Hospital. They were also grateful to the rulers and people of the UAE for their support of Ms. Eman during her treatment in Abu Dhabi.
“Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to her family.”
Changes to Health Insurance in Dubai
Cancer care is set to be covered on Dubai’s Essential Basic Health Insurance package from 2018, with news of the plans being met with a mixed response in the Emirate.
According to ‘Gulf News’ the new inclusion, which is still yet to be officially announced, has been met with opposition from insurance companies, who have claimed costs will have to rise as a result.
Currently Cancer treatment is not covered by the most basic of packages, whilst on others treatment costs are capped at 150,000Dh (£30,000). From next year however both these hurdles are set to be removed, although it is likely to lead to insurance prices being increased significantly.
NMC Continuing to Grow in Saudi Arabia
Abu Dhabi based healthcare giants NMC are continuing to expand in Saudi Arabia, with the newly listed FTSE 100 company revealing plans for new ventures throughout the Kingdom.
NMC are recent arrivals in Saudi Arabia, having only opened their first two facilities in the country earlier this year. Their new plans are therefore a significant statement of intent from a company who are already one of the biggest in the region.
Their recently revealed plans will see the company acquire a 70% stake in the oil-rich Al-Khobar’s As Salama Hospital, a 60% stake in a newly built hospital in Najran to the south of the Kingdom, as well as the full acquisition of a hospital in Ha’il.
That’s not all however, with NMC also planning to build a new multi-speciality hospital in Al-Khobar, and the group receiving approval for a long-term care support facility in Jeddah.
Commenting on the deal, NMC Chief Executive, Prasanth Manghat, outlined the benefits of being one of the first foreign companies investing in the Saudi Healthcare system. He said: “As one of the first foreign entrants into the KSA healthcare sector, we have learned a great deal over the past year and intend to use this knowledge to better navigate the Saudi regulatory landscape moving forward.
“With a total licensed capacity now of about 700 beds, we see the Kingdom as an important part of NMC’s growth strategy and will continue to identify areas in which we can fill gaps in the country’s healthcare offerings”.