The medical fraternity has lent support to Dr Muffazal Lakdawala and his team of doctors at Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital, a day after Eman Ahmed’s sister, in a video, claimed her sibling was critically ill and the hospital and the doctor’s claims of a recovery were a lie. Eman, an Egyptian, was admitted to Saifee Hospital on February 11, 2017, weighed 500 kilos, and was believed to be the heaviest woman in the world.
Dr Arun Prasad, Vice-President of the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of India (OSSI), the umbrella body of bariatric surgeons in India, has called the incident ‘unfortunate’ for the medical fraternity.
“As bariatric surgeons, we are extremely proud of Dr Muffazal Lakdawala and his team of doctors to have taken such a bold decision of treating this patient. So far, no one weighing so much (500 kilos) has survived surgery anywhere in the world. It is a proud moment for India too,” said Dr Prasad.
He said the bariatric society is disappointed that instead of appreciating the efforts taken by the team of doctors treating Eman and achieving the impossible, her sibling Shaimaa Selim has maligned the doctors and the medical profession.
In the video, which was widely available on social media since yesterday, April 24, Eman Ahmed’s sister says, “”Everything was a lie. God forgive them for what they have done… Eman did not lose 240 kg or 260 kg. She is in this critical condition. She is on massive medication to stop brain activity. Her face and hands are bluish.” She said her sister felt helpless and neglected.
However, Dr Prasad rubbished the allegations saying, “Eman has lost a considerable amount of weight and is doing well. Her medical parameters have improved. She needs supportive care, which can be provided back home (Alexandria, Egypt). The surgeon (Dr Lakdawala) and his team have taken a great risk in treating her and they need to be appreciated and not criticised. Her weight reduction is clearly visible in photos and videos.”
He added that the OSSI will soon be issuing a statement on the issue.
Dr KK Aggarwal, the national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), has also lent support to the team of doctors treating Eman at Saifee Hospital. IMA, the umbrella body of doctors practicing a ‘modern scientific system of medicine in India, looks after the interest of doctors as well as the well being of the community. Dr Aggarwal said the Maharashtra government, state health dept officials, the state IMA and the State Medical Council have to come together to tackle the issue.
“Whatever has happened in the last two days is very unfortunate for both the medical profession and the country. The state medical council, state IMA and state health ministry, need to come together and intervene and ensure that the interest of the patient is served and the image of the medical profession is not sullied,” said Dr Aggarwal.
Meanwhile, there’s some good news for Eman. Dr Arun B Shah, Head of Department of Neurology at both Saifee Hospital and who is also Eman’s neurologist said her CT scan report shows that there has been no fresh stroke after she was admitted to Saifee Hospital on February 11, 2017. The reason behind Eman’s repeated seizures, he said, is due to scar epilepsy. For managing her health in future, medication and neurological rehabilitation therapy will need to be continued.