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.