“From the day a decision was taken to offer Eman a new shot at a comparatively healthier existence, not a single detail was spared to publicise her risky, challenging journey from Egypt to India, where she was promised free treatment and all the possible medical care...This unusual and generous offer was personally made by Dr Muzaffal Lakdawalla, a media-savvy, photogenic bariatric surgeon on behalf of the Saifee team, when he flew to Egypt with the offer...The hospital has spent over Rs 2 crores on her treatment so far. True. But it has also generated crores worth of international publicity for itself and Dr Lakdawalla,” wrote De in her column in the Mumbai-based tabloid.
Eman’s doctor from Saifee hospital Dr Muffazal Lakdawala did not take it too well.
He tweeted saying, “Wow I did not know when I picked a team of expert medical professionals to Save Eman that they were such good... http://fb.me/1oT75guh5”
Wow I did not know when I picked a team of expert medical professionals to Save Eman that they were such good... https://t.co/1kwMFaygFq— Dr Muffi Lakdawala (@DrMuffi) May 2, 2017
Writer and columnist Shobhaa De earlier landed herself in controversy, as she tweeted a photograph of a fat policeman with a caption “Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today!”. After getting flak from all quarters, she clarified, “consult a dietician,if it’s an asli ,undoctored image doing the rounds”.
Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today! pic.twitter.com/sY0H3xzXl3— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) February 21, 2017
Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed’s case has seen a lot of twists and turns. Eman arrived in Mumbai on February 11 and underwent a bariatric surgery on March 9. Her sister Shaimaa 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.
Plans are now to fly her to Abu Dhabi. City’s Saifee Hospital, where she underwent weight loss surgery, has 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.