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Egyptian woman needs to lose another 100kg before bariatric surgery in Mumbai

Abdellatif has already lost about 30kg in the last two months under the supervision of Dr Muffazal Lakdawala from Saifee Hospital...

mumbai Updated: Feb 12, 2017 23:52 IST
Sadaguru Pandit
Sadaguru Pandit
Hindustan Times
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Eman Abdellatif and her sister Shaimaa Ahmed. (HT file)

As Eman Abdellatif, 36, the 500kg Egyptian woman, eagerly awaits to undergo a bariatric surgery to help her lose weight, doctors from the Saifee hospital said that she needs to lose another 100kg.

Abdellatif has already lost about 30kg in the last two months under the supervision of Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, founder, Centre for Obesity and Digestive Surgery CODS, Mumbai, and chairperson of Institute of Minimal Access Surgical Sciences and Research Centre, Saifee Hospital.

Hospital authorities said the decision to bring Abdellatif to Mumbai was taken just three days ago. Moreover, the major struggle was to secure a medical visa from the Indian embassy in Cairo as the officials there refused to believe that Abdellatif was unable to travel to the embassy for a biometric test.

Commenting of the future course of action, Lakdawala said that the next 48 hours would be crucial.

“Eman is currently under observation. Keeping in mind the complexities of the case, before any surgical intervention, she will need a series of medical tests to determine the next course of action. For the next 48 hours, doctors will be conducting a routine body check-up and a complete profile test,” he said.

The most important test is said to be a special gene study for the 91 different types of genes isolated with obesity-related syndrome. The test will reveal particular biomarkers for Abdellatif’s extremely low metabolism, which is contributing to her obesity and the results are expected on Monday. Abdellatif, who weighed 5kg at birth, started putting on weight by the age of 11.

“Hereafter, she may also need a couple of bariatric procedures at optimal times to achieve best results. There is an entire panel of doctors working hard to try and ensure that she recovers from her current ailments,” said Lakdawala.

Travel troubles

Reaching Mumbai was a huge struggle for Abdellatif and her family, which began with securing a medical visa to seek treatment options in India and Dubai.

As Indian laws require visa applicant to record fingerprints with the immigration officer, the family’s request to allow a third party to submit her application was rejected even after they informed the officials about her being restricted to the bedroom for more than two decades.

“They thought the family is bluffing and rejected her application. The movement was put in motion only after Dr Lakdawala tweeted external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who in turn resolved the issue in two days,” said a doctor from Saifee, part of the team monitoring Abdellatif.

A top official from the hospital confirmed that another option to travel to Abu Dhabi for treatment was also being considered, but due to the persistence and faith of Abdellatif’s sister [Shaimaa Ahmed] on the doctors, she took a final call three days before finalising Saifee.

It was only after she conveyed her decision to the management, the hospital trust started making arrangements and set up a special room for Abdellatif within three days by turning an old accounts office into a specialised medical facility.

“Eman’s family had tried numerous local hospitals and even consulted doctors from Greece. But none could treat her successfully. In fact, when she had a stroke two years ago, her sister had to run from pillar to post to look for a hospital MRI scanning machine that could accommodate Eman. By the time of prognosis, Eman had suffered a paralytic stroke,” said a hospital staffer.

Alos read: 500 kg Egyptian woman reaches Mumbai for surgery

First Published: Feb 12, 2017 23:48 IST