Eman’s sister calls Dr Lakdawala a liar, doctor says I have kept my promise

Bariatric surgeon treating the ‘world’s heaviest woman’ says, her sister has been defaming treating doctors the moment she was told that Eman can go home

Eman sister Shaimma accuses Dr Lakdawala as a liar, doctor says I have kept my promise

In a dramatic turn of events, a two-and-half minute video released by the sister of Eman Ahmed, alleges that the ‘world’s heaviest woman’ is very sick and the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai, where she is being treated, are not taking care of her sister.

Calling Eman’s doctor Muffazal Lakdawala a liar, Shaimma Selim, in a video recorded on April 14 says that, he cheated the family by promising she would be fine and would lose weight, but in fact says that Eman’s life has been destroyed.

Doctors treating her at Saifee Hospital, however say that Shaimma has been circulating a video defaming them for over two weeks since the time they informed her that Eman can now be taken home to Egypt.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra on April 24, Shaimaa challenged the doctors on Eman’s weight loss since her admission to the hospital on February 11. “They have not weighed her since she was admitted to the hospital, till date. If they have, they should prove it in a before-and-after video,” Shaimaa said.

Eman, who weighed 500 kilos before she was admitted to Saifee Hospital on February 11, had been confined to the bed in her home in Alexandria, Egypt for the last 25 years. She was flown to Mumbai in an Egypt Air cargo plane on February 11 and underwent bariatric surgery on March 7 after losing an initial 100 kilos through a strict protein-rich liquid diet.

Calling the video, ‘unfortunate’, Dr Muffazal Lakdawala disclosed exclusively to My Medical Mantra that Shaimma has been defaming them saying she will go public with her statement ever since they informed her that they are planning to send Eman home soon. “As a bariatric surgeon, I did my best, but I do not have the expertise to treat her neurological problem. Her stroke history has always been a cause for concern for which we plan to do a CT scan before sending her home,” said Dr Lakdawala. He added that Eman’s treatment procedure has been documented and world class doctors have been on board in advising Saifee Hospital doctors about the course of her treatment.

In the video, Shaimma speaks in Arabic with English subtitles. She says Eman is very sick and has had a thrombosis for the second time after she came to Mumbai. She is connected to the feeding tube and doesn’t talk at all. Her hands and face have turned bluish and she can’t move. She said Eman has made no improvement. She is on massive doses of medicines and is helpless.  She said people here (in the hospital) were not good or polite.

Dr Lakdawala told My Medical Mantra that Eman was weighed this morning (April 24) and her weight was 171 kilos. “We plan to get a CT scan tomorrow because we still don’t know what neurological problems she has. Once the CT Scan report comes through, we will be sending her home,” he said. He said Eman will require extensive physiotherapy and it is difficult to say when she can start walking. “She can breathe on her own, and she is fully oriented. She can even sit on her own. Despite all these improvements, if her sister still does this [records a defamatory video] then she is taking everything [the improvement in her sister’s health] for granted,” said Dr Lakdawala.

Huzaifa Shehabi, the Chief Operating Officer at Saifee Hospital who can be credited with the logistics of getting Eman from Egypt to Mumbai, said the hospital is in touch with the Consul General of Egypt in Mumbai. “Our team of doctors have done their best to treat Eman. She was bedridden for 25 years. When she came to Mumbai, our doctor [Lakdawala] said if she manages to sit on her own, it will be an achievement. We have achieved that. Her sister wants her to walk. Her sister has not been able to understand that she cannot walk right now. We are now taking the help of the Egyptian Consulate to make her understand Eman’s health improvements,” said Shehabi.

Eman had also undergone genetic testing. The report which came through in around the end of March showed that she has a rare gene defect that has caused her obesity. In fact she is the only person in the world with the defect. Read the story here.

Doctors say there is currently no specific treatment for the condition. “The operation that she has had may have had some beneficial effect but does it not deal with the underlying problem,” said Dr Lakdawala.

He further said new drugs are being developed which may be able to help. “If she has access to these drugs and they are effective, we have a solution to her obesity. If not, she may need a more radical surgery which causes malabsorption a little later in life,” said Dr Lakdawala.

  • Dr Ishwar Gilada

    Anything new, innovative, revolutionary is subject to correction and criticism.
    It’s unfortunate that their exoectations are far too much.
    Dr. Ishwar Gilada

  • Hasmukhkumar Jain

    Medical field is many times a thankless job, especially when done free, no value is attached to the benefits gained, which is anything less than 100%. Even though the treating Doctor has done his best, no opportunity is lost to blame the Doctor for incomplete job. This kind of thing happens with Doctors not only in India but everywhere in the world.

  • ungrateful people

  • Dr Sujit Chatterjee

    I know Dr Lakdawalla as a good professional. He is forthright and would have given the care promised. He has done his best I am sure. The case itself was a difficult one. He has managed well. The outcome is not always in his hand.

  • Naaznin Husein

    Dr Lakhdawala and team have worked immensely in taking up the challenge and worked on Emaan.
    As medical professionals we leave no stone unturned to treat and rehab patients.
    A sense of gratitude needs to prevail with patients and caregivers

  • Shilpa shah

    Really ungrateful people after all that Dr Lakdawala has done for them

  • Dr Ashok Kamble

    When in India we have so many people waiting to be treated for different diseases for the want of funds,why treat foreigners spending so much money ,particularly when her quality of life was not going to improve substantially.The crores of rupees spent on her could have repaired plenty of cardiac defects in poor kids or could have supplied drugs for score of poor cancer patients.
    Why show so much generosity when your own people are suffering due to paucity of funds?
    Why she was not invited to US or Europe ,where I am sure ,will be equally qualified and expert doctors are available.

  • Dr. Arun pandey

    Dr lakdawala and team had done the excellent job and they are appreciated for this. Some layman people dont understand the other medical condition and blame doctors baseless.
    They must understand this things and can take their patient again to Egypt.

  • Dr Shantikumar chivate

    This is real attack on doctors by ungrateful people.

  • You cannot expect a doctor to change someone’s fortune. I think this is the best some doctor can do for such cases.

  • Dr Sheetal Kamath

    Keep up the good work Sir. There may be thousands of patients who have thanked you from the bottom of their heart till date, one thankless patient does not matter.

  • Dr suhel farooqui

    Ungrateful.really sad….

  • Dr suhel farooqui

    Really bad attitude of ungrateful patient relatives

  • Doctor done his job very sincerely but every attended want magic it’s slowly improving and dr muffi is great dr and not lier he will do his duty properly attended person will not satisfied it’s attended problem any surgeon was take responsibility of that much heaviest patient only dr muffi and dr bhandari can do that risk so don’t make issue for the improving event and let’s start boost doctor and his loyalty
    Dr Abhishek Bais
    Mohak Bariatric and robotics
    Mohit Bhandari weight loss centre
    7869915282/8871516000

  • Dr Mohammed Chittalwala

    It’s really shocking.. Dr Mufaddal Lakdawala has done such a wonderful job.. I am sure no other surgeon would have done a better job than him, and even after giving ur best if this is what u get in return, it’s really ungrateful..

  • Madhura killedar

    Its a team work done their job at its best but offcourse leader gets the credit but initial promises to catch patient may be the reason for bitterness may not have fulfilled their
    expections dont worry .all Indians are with your Team work

  • Dr Harikesh Buch Mumbai

    I have personally seen what Dr Muffi and Dr Aparna and their team have done for Emaan. They have untiringly with dedication worked hard day and night and with a single goal to save Emaan from complications of morbid obesity. They have achieved their end result.
    It is very sad and disheartening to learn about the outbursts of her sister accusing the doctors and Saifee hospital management that they are liars and Emaan is not well and have
    Not lost weight what is in the newspapers.
    My only prayer to God almighty is that LET EMAAN’ S SISTER GET WISDOM TO UNDERSTAND WHÀT SHE HAS DONE BY PUTTING A UNMINDFUL MESSAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA ACCUSING DOCTORS AND MANAGEMENT OF SAIFEE HOSPITAL AS LIARS AND THERE BY DESTROYING THE TRUST BOND BETWEEN DOCTORS AND PATIENTS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. TRUST BETWEEN DOCTORS AND PATIENTS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY OF HEALTH CARE AND POSITIVE OUT COME.
    LASTLY I WILL SAY TO DR MUFFI AND DR APRNA THAT DON’T LOOSE FAITH ON YOUR CAPABILITIES (WHICH IS OF HIGHEST STANDARDS) AND UNLESS YOU MEET THIS KIND OF UNGREATFUL AND UNKIND PATIENTS/RELATIVES once in a while ,YOU WILL Not appreciate ever greatful and nice patients/ relatives ( WHICH is the rule and nòt exception like this one)

  • Dr Harikesh Buch Mumbai

    Don’t LOOSE FAITH ON YOUR CAPABILITIES (WHICH is of the highest standards) just because someone posts some false accusations for vested interest. The truth will always prevail and God will give them wisdom to understand at some time what harm she has done to the TRUST BOND between doctors and patients.

  • Dr. NIVEDITA PATIL

    First and foremost let me applaud Dr. Mufi and the entire team for unconditionally taking up such a challenging mission. The efforts taken, the concerns expressed, the risks faced, the stress endured, the determination shown, the meticulous planning and the immense focus for this gargantuan task need to be acknowledged and appreciated.
    It’s extremely sad and painful to learn about the ungrateful attitude of the patient’s sister.
    May better sense prevail and may the patient’s relatives realize how thankful they ought to be for the wonderful endeavour and the relentless labour put in by the group, with joy.
    It’s time for Salutations !!

  • Kaushal

    I am a patient of Dr Lakdawala my weight had my movements severely restricted , I have had second chance at life because of him. He and his team are the best. I wish eman all the best and hope her family realises the effort that must have gone to get her this far towards recovery

  • Muffi sir n his team done wonderful job for Eman .she loose weight n became well too.now her sister accusing muffisir n his team that is very ungrateful. God give them. Wisdom .all will be ok.

  • Jumana saifuddin saria

    Keep doing great work .we are proud of you. Do not bother what people say.we know how much time & enery you have spent to achieve so much success.God bless you with more success in life.love you.

  • Hzs

    Ms. Eman.
    Points to ponder over in light of Ms. Shaimaa’s allegations

    1. Gave false report of weight which signifies
    A. She deliberately spoke wrong or
    B. She does not know the weight of her sister for whom she makes a statement of not trusting anybody from India and Egypt as far her sister’s health is concerned!!
    Leave alone the Indian and Egyptian medical fraternity, can she be trusted for her sister’s well being?

    2. She conveniently overlooks that the owner of UAE group and the doctors sent by her are Indian. Just because they now hail from UAE makes them okay!!

    3. Most importantly, all gravely ill and otherwise patients from UAE come to india or go to egypt for their treatment and she finds comfort in taking her sister there.

    4. None is asking her as to how she ascertained and told media about specific number of seizers endured by Ms. Eman after coming to India when she does not even know her weight right?

    5. Is such a person to be believed over a doctor and hospial trusted by so a many on account of their work and deliverence.

  • Abdelrahman Nimeri

    Dr Lakadawala and his team have shown great courage, compassion and expertise in taking care of such a high risk patient. It is not the first time they have done work to help patients or the community for free. The recovery process is understandably lengthy and accompanied with ups and downs. This is the nature of high risk surgery. So it is no surprise that the family’s expectations are not yet met and they are disappointed. We should support Dr Lakadawala and his team so that more surgeons will come to help patients in need in the future.

  • Dr vaibhav agrawal

    Very true sir