500-kg Egyptian Eman Ahmed’s well-wishers donate ₹19 lakh towards her travel costs
The city hospital and the doctors are treating Eman free of cost but as she will need to make trips between India and Egypt during the three-four year long course of treatment, a fund-raising campaign was launched to help her with the expenses.mumbai Updated: Feb 24, 2017 10:10 IST
The crowdfunding campaign that was started by the family of Eman Ahmed, the world’s heaviest woman, and her doctors in Mumbai has managed to raise over Rs19lakh so far.
The city hospital and the doctors are treating Eman free of cost but as she will need to make trips between India and Egypt during the three-four year long course of treatment, a fund raising campaign was initiated to help her with the expenses. It was estimated that Eman will need approximately Rs50 lakh for travelling between the countries considering her special needs. With 53 days left for the deadline, the campaign has already raised Rs 19.46 lakh with the help of 169 supporters. One of her well-wishers who donated Rs89,300 to Save Eman campaign on Wednesday, said , “I would like to see Eman living a healthy life like the rest of us.”
Meanwhile, experts from the 13-member special team of doctors treating Emam said that she is showing signs of recovery. “She has lost a considerable amount of weight within one month and physiotherapists and the diet team are keeping a close watch on her. Right now we are focusing on stabilising her hormonal levels and kidney functions, reducing water retention and increasing limb activity, that will ultimately help her increase her metabolism rate,” said one of the top doctors on the panel.
Officials from the hospital said that her recovery is being tracked using a special weighing scale since she is unable to stand up and a normal weighing scale can’t be used for her. “It’s a metallic weighing scale with a customised wooden plank to lift her and measure her weight,” said an official. The hospital is also using a pulley-based lifting swing to take her to the refreshment room.