Plans to shift Egyptian Eman Ahmed, 36, who was once the heaviest woman in the world, to Abu Dhabi have been put on hold again after the city’s Saifee Hospital, where she underwent weight loss surgery, asked VPS Healthcare, Abu Dhabi, to give them a 48-hour notice period before her discharge. Officials from Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) said she may now fly on Thursday night to Abu Dhabi.
Hospitals require patients or their relatives to inform them in advance about their plans to take a discharge. “We have written to the officials on Tuesday that we need 48 hours’ notice before her [Eman’s] discharge. Usually the period is about 12-24 hours, but since it’s a special case, with more than 13 doctors involved, and controversies between the doctors and Eman’s sister Shaimaa Selim, it has been extended to two days,” said Huzaifa Shehabi, chief operating officer of the hospital.
Eman will be flown in an air ambulance with paramedical and emergency equipment .Speaking to HT, Sanet Meyer, director, Medevac, VPS Healthcare, said she will head a team of nine specialists, including an intensivist, paramedics and nurses to accompany Eman on her six-hour long journey to Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Hospital.
In the meanwhile, sources from MIAL said there is a specially equipped ambulance that will transport Eman to the airport from Saifee Hospital. “We are yet to receive the final confirmation on documental basis. But it’s likely to happen on Thursday night,” officials revealed.
“A special hydraulic stretcher is imported from Italy to transport Eman,” said Meyer. Saifee Hospital has handed over five folders containing 10,000 medical records of Eman for doctors from VPS Healthcare and have also prepared documents discussing her stable medical condition, which need to be signed before the discharge.
“We have a number of specialised rooms at Burjeel medical facility where Eman will be treated for neurological and physiological rehabilitation,” said Meyer. Eman will remain on a high protein liquid diet enroute and will be weighed again at Burjeel Hospital before treatment.
Eman had arrived in Mumbai on February 11 and underwent bariatric surgery on March 9. Her sister Selim later alleged the hospital’s claims that Eman lost more than 300kg are false and called the doctors liars. “I don’t trust Egyptian or Indian doctors. Eman is very happy to meet the doctors from Burjeel Hospital,” she had said.