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Home / Mumbai News / Don’t share info on Eman’s health like Mumbai hospital did, sister tells Abu Dhabi doctors

Don’t share info on Eman’s health like Mumbai hospital did, sister tells Abu Dhabi doctors

The team is currently focusing on improving Eman’s overall health condition, said doctors from Abu Dhabi hospital

mumbai Updated: May 09, 2017 11:28 IST
Sadaguru Pandit
Sadaguru Pandit
Hindustan Times
Eman at the Burjeel hospital.
Eman at the Burjeel hospital.(HT)

Doctors at a hospital in Abu Dhabi have said Eman Ahmed, the 36-year-old Egyptian woman who was in Mumbai for a weight loss treatment, suffers from several complications, including a serious heart issue, along with problems related to her obesity. However, her sister Shaimaa Selim has stopped them from speaking to the media without her permission, requesting them to maintain Eman’s privacy.

She told the Hindustan Times that Ahmed was now “happy and relieved”. She said her sister was better because the hospital treated them “like humans, not animals”.

Selim was referring to the day Eman was discharged from Saifee Hospital when hundreds of journalists were given direct access to the hospital lobby.

“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 Shaimaa Selim, and the hospital. Selim alleged the doctors’ claims of her weight loss were false.

Eman is currently under the care of Dr Yassin El Shahat, chief medical officer, and a multi-disciplinary team of 20 doctors including orthopaedic surgeons, cardiologists, nephrologists, gastroenterologist, plastic surgeon, physiotherapists, and dieticians amongst others.

“She is currently facing several health conditions since her admission to the hospital, including cardiac issues (severe aortic regurgitation with query endocarditis), which is still under intensive investigation, severe urosepsis (a life-threatening infection of the urinary tract) and third degree infected bed sores. These conditions are beside her original medical problems of obesity and other comorbidities,” said Dr Shahat.

Ahmed reached Burjeel Hospital on Friday was kept under observation at the intensive care unit (ICU). She was moved to the exclusive premium suite customised for her on Sunday.

“The team of doctors at Burjeel Hospital is currently focused on improving her overall health condition and ensuring that as part of the hospital’s short-term goal, Eman is able to sit with minimal to no assistance,” a hospital spokesperson said.

In Mumbai, Selim had claimed Ahmed was suffering seizures after her surgery on March 7.

Saifee doctors, however, had refuted Selim’s claims and said Ahmed had not suffered a single epileptic seizure after the surgery, according to a CT scan they performed on her a week before her transfer to Burjeel Hospital.

After the public spat between Selim and doctors at Saifee over her treatment, state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant called for a standard operating procedure (SOP) for foreign nationals who visit India for treatment.