A woman who had been suffering from a hormonal disorder that resulted in her death could not be cremated as her body would not fit inside the furnace.

Annie Tan, who died at the age of 43, had been suffering hormonal disorder for the past six months, causing her weight to balloon from 160kg to 230kg by the time she passed away.  She had been admitted to the hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties and doctors inserted a tube through her throat. She later suffered lung, heart, kidneys and stomach infections before she passed away.

A custom-made casket measuring 92cm wide was later requested for the cremation. This was almost double the size of a standard 50cm-wide coffin. Unfortunately, the furnace used could only handle coffins with a width of up to 71cm.

via The Star