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‘Love India, but not Eman’s doctor’: Why family of ‘world’s heaviest woman’ moved her out of India

Egyptian national Eman Ahmed Abdelaty, once considered the world’s heaviest woman, died in Abhu Dhabi on Monday.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2017 17:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed, who was once considered the heaviest woman in the world, leaves Mumbai's Saifee Hospital in this file photo.
Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed, who was once considered the heaviest woman in the world, leaves Mumbai's Saifee Hospital in this file photo.(PTI Photo)

Egyptian national Eman Ahmed Abdelaty, once known as the world heaviest woman, had undergone a weight reduction surgery in Mumbai in March before being moved to a Abu Dhabi hospital, where she died on Monday.

According to medical experts at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, Eman died to “complications from the underlying comorbid conditions, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction”.

Her sister Shaimaa Selim had asked doctors in Abu Dhabi not to speak to the media without her permission over Eman’s treatment.

She had told the Hindustan Times her sister was doing better there because the hospital treated them “like humans, not animals”. Selim was referring to the day Eman was discharged from Saifee Hospital in Mumbai when hundreds of journalists were given direct access to the hospital lobby.

Read:What killed Eman Ahmed?

“I still love India and its kind people, but not Dr Muffazal Lakdawala (Eman’s doctor) and Saifee. Fame and propaganda made them crazy,” she said.

Ahmed left Mumbai on May 4 after spending three months at the city’s Saifee Hospital, where she underwent weight loss surgery. Doctors at Saifee said the bariatric surgery and diet regime they gave Ahmed helped her lose 300kg.

She weighed 504kg when she arrived in Mumbai on February 11 and was considered to be the world’s heaviest woman.

The last few days of Eman’s stay, however, were marred by a spat between her sister Selim, and the hospital. Selim alleged the doctors’ claims of her weight loss were false.

After a public spat between Selim and doctors at Saifee over Eman’s treatment, Maharashtra health minister Deepak Sawant called for a standard operating procedure for foreign nationals who visit India for treatment.

In Abu Dhabi, more than 20 health care professionals were assigned to evaluate Eman and chart a treatment plan, which was divided into three stages. Doctors had planned to treat Eman’s acute issues — including her urinary tract infection, bedsores, rehabilitation, speech therapy — and provide her with psychological support within three months, as part of the first phase. Reports suggest that she achieved these targets within a month.

First Published: Sep 25, 2017 17:24 IST