Eman Ahmed to stay in premium suite at Abu Dhabi hospital; is ‘happy, relieved’
Early on Friday morning, Eman Ahmed, once the heaviest woman in the world, arrived at the Abu Dhabi hospital that will take care of her for the next several months.
Eman will spend the first 24 to 48 hours in the intensive care unit of Burjeel Hospital, before she is shifted to a customised premium suite.
Eman left Mumbai on May 4, after spending three months at the city’s Saifee Hospital, where she underwent weight loss surgery.
Saifee doctors said the bariatric surgery and diet regime they gave Eman helped her lose 300kg. Eman weighed 504kg when she arrived in Mumbai on February 11.
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.
Speaking to HT from Abu Dhabi, Selim said Eman was now “happy and relieved”.
She said Eman 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.
Burjeel Hospital hasn’t yet weighed Eman, but will do so before shifting her to room number 528, a premium suite customised for her use.
“The entrance was 130cm wide and we have widened it to 150cm to make it easier for Eman. The room has a sofa, television and emergency medical equipment,” hospital officials said.
The hospital also shared a video of Eman’s arrival in Abu Dhabi. She is seen being carefully wheeled in on a special bed around 1.30am on May 5.
“She was taken to the special ICU, away from the other patients. A team of three nursing staff will be with her round-the-clock, while 20 doctors are constantly assessing her health parameters,” said a senior official from the hospital.
He said once the assessment was done, the hospital will define ‘long term,’ and ‘short term,’ goals for Eman’s treatment.
Selim said the doctors’ focus currently was not Eman’s weight but on other aspects of her health.
“I am sure they will check her weight, but the focus right now is on other things that are more difficult to handle,” Selim said.
In Mumbai, Selim had claimed Eman was suffering seizures after her surgery on March 7.
Saifee doctors, however, had refuted Selims claims and said Eman 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.