Eman Ahmed, 242kg lighter, leaves Mumbai hospital; sister thanks doctors

Eman Ahmed leaves hospital .(HT)
Eman Ahmed leaves hospital .(HT)
Updated on May 06, 2017 11:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySadaguru Pandit, Mumbai

After much drama, Egyptian woman Eman Ahmed, who was once the heaviest woman in the world and underwent a weight-loss surgery left Mumbai on Thursday. She will now be treated in Abu Dhabi.

“Complete body profile showed Eman’s parameters are normal. Eman’s sister Shaimaa thanked Saifee Hospital,” said Dr Deepak Sawant, state health minister, who reached the hospital to resolve an issue over documents, which delayed Eman’s exit.

(From left) Saifee hospital surgeon Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala, state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant and BJP leader Shaina NC at the hospital on Thursday. (HT)
(From left) Saifee hospital surgeon Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala, state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant and BJP leader Shaina NC at the hospital on Thursday. (HT)

The officials from VPS Healthcare in Abu Dhabi, where she will now be treated, refused to sign documents given by Saifee Hospital. The issue was resolved after Sawant’s intervention.

BJP spokesperson Shaina NC said the delay in Eman’s exit was because of the documentation which needs to be prepared in front of lawyers to avoid any further liabilities for Indian doctors who have worked hard for Eman’s 242-kg massive weight loss.

A 20-km green corridor – clearing a stretch to give way to an ambulance – has been created from Saifee hospital in south Mumbai to the international airport in Andheri in the western suburbs.

Eman underwent a psychoanalysis around noon, said doctors.

“Lawyers from both the sides are discussing the documents necessary for Eman’s transfer. The issue arose because VPS officials refused to sign on ‘no liability,’ documents, which will avoid legal complications for Saifee doctors after the discharge,” said sources from the hospital.

Speaking to HT, Sanet Meyer, director, Medevac, VPS Healthcare, said she will head the team of nine specialists, including an intensivist, paramedics and nurses, to accompany Eman on her six-hour long journey in an air ambulance to Abu Dhabi

A special hydraulic stretcher has been imported from Italy to transport Eman.

“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 en route and will be weighed again at Burjeel Hospital before treatment.

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, bariatric surgeon and Eman’s treating doctor said, “We have agreed on the point that no weight-loss surgeries are to be performed on her in the near future. We informed them about the bed sores and opinion of Dr Satish Modi, orthopaedic surgeon that it’s difficult for her to stand, let along walk, owing to severe muscle weakness.

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