Extremely proud of Dr Lakdawala. He needs to be appreciated, not criticised: Medical fraternity

Nobody weighing 500kg has survived surgery, says the medical fraternity lauding the bold and path-breaking treatment by Eman Ahmed’s doctor

Extremely proud of Dr Lakdawala. He needs to be appreciated, not criticised: Medical fraternity
Eman Ahmed undergoes a CT Scan as her sister Shaimaa Selim overlooks

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.

  • Mandeep

    Salute to Dr Lakdawala and Dr Aparna for taking up such a challenge and putting in your soul into treating her. May God forgive the ungrateful ones. Keep up the good work. We are extremely proud of you. You are an inspiration.

  • Abhishek Katakwar

    Are we blind enough to ignore such attitude of relatives and media……. my sixth sense say after 10 years india will not have competent doctor coz who want to make their life hell by opting this so called “noble” profession where you call them god initially and then malign later……

  • Abhishek Tiwari

    It’s really shameful on Emans sister behalf to issue statement and video backed by conspiracy and greed , they should realise they are not only representing Eman but their country as well.
    Hats off to Dr Muffi, Dr A Govil and entire team for accepting the challenge,treating her well and reducing her weight related problems as promised and making our nation pride. They should not get disheartened and keep the good work doing as there are countless who need good surgeons like them for there well being. I support team CODS fully as a surgeon and a Indian common man.

  • T k kaul

    Extremely laudable effort by the team of doctors who have served the patient beyond the call of duty .
    Please continue doing the good job & we are proud of Fr Lakdawala & the medical professionals of our great nation.

  • Prof PAWANINDRA LAL

    The challenging Surgical care provided by Dr Lakdawala and his team in the management of this care is second to none and makes the entire Surgical fraternity and the Bariatric Surgeons in particular, immensely proud. The current turn of events in the media are highly “unfortunate”, especially when the patient has made remarkable recovery where none would have dared to intervene in the first place. As an academic and a clinician involved in the management of such patients, I stand up in support of Dr Lakdawala and his team and hope that truth, hardwork and diligence prevails.

  • Prof PAWANINDRA LAL, MAMC

    The challenging Surgical care provided by Dr Lakdawala and his team in the management of this care is second to none and makes the entire Surgical fraternity and the Bariatric Surgeons in particular, immensely proud. The current turn of events in the media are highly “unfortunate”, especially when the patient has made remarkable recovery where none would have dared to intervene in the first place. As an academic and a clinician involved in the management of such patients, I stand up in support of Dr Lakdawala and his team and hope that truth, hardwork and diligence prevails.

  • SUNIL R. RAI

    There is so much insensitiveness and mudslinging going on against medical profession in recent times especially from some section of public and the central and state govt . centre had never issued any statement against violence against doctors. And now this statement against dr mufi. No body should take medical profession in this country

  • Dr lakdawala and his team have done a tremendous job. Their efforts need to be applauded. Bringing Emam all the way to India, managing funds, visa, surgery,care is a herculean task. What more a doctor can do?
    When it is time to reward him why so negative publicity, I fail to understand the motive behind. Circulating incorrect information about Emam is totally unethical.
    Dr lakdawala and his team have done their job well and medical fraternity stands by their side.

  • It takes guts and commitment to take up a case like Dr Lakdawala did. Not only that, he did all for free. The saddest part of the story is the fact that after all this, a section of the patient’s family and the press is trying to malign Dr Lakdawala’s name. Mufazzal doesn’t need this type of cheap publicity, he is amongst the most respected bariatric surgeons in the world. I guess it’s become fashionable to blame doctors nowadays.
    What is disheartening is that this kills the innate goodness in people like Dr Lakdawala.

  • Dr Rajat Goel

    We are proud of Dr Lakdawala, Dr Aparna and their whole team for thier tireless and sleepless efforts in making it possible.

    It is a miracle what his team has done in 3 months which no one could do in last 20 years of Eman’s life.

    really proud of you.

  • Dr Sharad Sharma

    What Dr Mufazzal has attempted and achieved is comendable! It could not have been better anywhere else in the world. A patient as sick as Emam with all possible co-morbidities is a tough challenge for any hospital and doctor. I appreciate Dr Mufazzal’s courage in accepting this challenge. In fact he has done a great job. The thorough pre-operative care followed by surgery and post-operative recovery has been followed by me and is wonderful. I have known Dr Mufazzal since last 10 years, he is among the the best bariatric surgeons in India. No doctor can be a god, he can treat only as much as science allows. Chronic longstanding diseases like stroke, epilepsy and other disorders cannot be treated in a jiffy. Infact there may be residual disease which may not be curable. It is important to realize what he has achieved. Excellent… weight loss which will halt progression of all her longstanding problems and giving her a chance to become healthier is a great outcome worth applauding. We must not forget that weight was her biggest problem which Dr Mufazzal has tackled with highest level of medical & surgical care. Rest of the diseases which she has been carrying much before coming to India will improve or stabilize over a period of time which no doctor can predict.

  • Dr Prabal Roy

    Unfortunately medical professionals often face this malicious attempt by patients and their care givers. It is their fear of providing care to their family member and also an issue of unrealistic and unreasonable expectations from medical treatment.
    Rehabilitation is a long drawn process and needs extreme patience.
    Dr Lakdawala took up a great challenge and stood by it and doesn’t deserve the tirade being directed towards him. This event will leave an indelible impression on the minds of not just Dr Lakdawala but all doctors to not to take up challenges in saving lives.
    I, as a part of Indian Medical fraternity believe in ethical practice and stand by Dr Lakdawala in his commitment to work and compassion for his patients.

  • Dr.R.M.Khattar

    What a shame?This woman has been instigated to utter such irresponsible statement.She is being propped up by may be media.What a pity.We live in a thankless society where the cream of society( the doctors) is being targeted by public, the executive, the judiciary and media.I see a very dark future for Indian healthcare industry health care providers in particular.

  • Mahajabeen lookmanji

    I salute Dr. Lakdawala and his team for this extraordinary effort in treating Emam. He has made Bariatric community and India proud. He has set a prefect example to our younger Doctors generations to make India PROUD

  • Dr Hasmukh Mehta

    Unfortunately dr fraternity is decided as always and so called colleague started blame game as if they never had dissatisfied patients.no dr in world achieve 100% satisfaction.
    Need of the hour is all dr fraternity must be behind dr Muffi n team and have one voice.
    Dr Hasmukh Mehta.Mumbai

  • Extremely shocking
    How a relative of a patient can do allegations like this , sir has done everything for her , no one in the world can even think of it.
    Those who know Dr Lakadawada can’t even think to digest these allegations, he is the person who has given his whole life for others, a great man, a super great teacher, always caring for everyone and a magical surgeon.
    Even he doesn’t know how many miracles he has done in his life, for me he is not less than a GOD FATHER , the skill which he has passed in countless surgeons like me, are nothing less than making thousands of temples and Mosques.
    Yes , I am extremely proud of Dr Lakadawada and proud to be associated with him.

  • Dr muffisir n his team done great job for Eman n she is improve lot.she lost her weight too.now her sister allegations on sir is ungrateful. God give them wisdom. All knows muffisir skill n he is a kind person too.I proud for my teacher n part of the team.

  • I have been associated with Dr Lakdawala since last 12 yrs. We just don’t know him as a very good surgeon but he is loved by all as he is an excellent human being. A very down to earth person who is always ready to help patients as well as dr friends.
    Any harm to patient is not possible by Dr Lakdawala or Dr Aparna.

  • Dr. Gurdip Sidhu

    Dr Lakadawala and Dr Aparna are great surgeons, scientists and above all nobel and very passionate human beings. What they have done to make the life of Eman livable is beyond description. They have put in all their efforts, energy and resources At her disposal. Her surgery has been so successful that she has lost so much weight in record time. Her neurological condition was well known to the world and was very well explained pre operatively and is in records. People can be so ungrateful, instead of thanking them, unkind accusations are made against them.
    We all know the sincere efforts and best intentions of the treating team and no false and frivolous publicity can malign their reputation. I salute Dr Lakadawala, Aparna and their team for their brave humanitarian effort, sacrificing their own comfort, time and peace of mind for the patient.

  • Fanna

    Drs will be more careful before they become empathetic .. What an ungrateful world we live in ??! Instead of appreciation to make false allegations !!! But then we are living in an imperfect world .. The Almighty knows what help has been given and He will bless the patient and the drs who treated her .

  • Taher Basta

    Dr.Muffi and his team has done something which no one had even thought of….It’s a task which definitely needs appreciation…. well done Dr. Muffi and May Allah bless you and your team for all what you have done.

  • SID

    Doctor Lakdawala and Team Saifee Hospital took a challenging case and shown incredible result

    Hats of to entire medical management

    It was proud for India because as to my knowledge this was the case which many medical place had refrain

  • A daunting task very well managed by Dr Muffazal, Dr Aparna and team. Whole community of Bariatric Surgeon of India stand by you. For such kind of patient I can just pray to God to give them sadbudhi

  • Dr Ibrahim Kothawala

    Great surgery by dr Muffadal lakdawala .it was a challenging case .
    Preop and post op management was excellent that’s why she could sustain such a procedure. Keep up your good work dr Muffi we are proud of you.

  • Rudra Acharya

    Taking risk is always Indian surgeons delight
    As far as Dr Lakdawala he is best in the field and his team had assessed her before surgery and due prevention for vte prophylaxis was practiced attributing everything to surgery is unfortunate .

    Family knows better who is lying.

    Real master Dr Lakdawala to be applauded and supported and he has evidence so why he is to worry.

  • Dr Deepon Patel

    Muffi and his team facing intolerance of a different kind. Muffi does not deserve this after having achieved with eman what others all over the world would dread to dream. Events of the past few days are assault of a different nature on muffi and team…an assault on integrity and honest intentions….it is worst than physical assault… …at least the latter heals. This is exactly what makes doctors over cautious. Knowing muffi and of him……he is way above and beyond the baseless allegations made by eman’s sister shaimaa. He has nothing to prove to anyone. This is probably result of unrealistic expectations harboured by shaimaa or maybe just a ploy to extract more than promised. Kudos to muffi for the courage to take on a challenge which had more risk of downside than upside. Keep going muffi. really proud of u

  • Mazhar Ghadially

    Keep doing good things Muffy and let not ungrateful people take the shine off your hard work and values to touch a case that so many people stayed away from.
    Well behind you

  • Harry Frydenberg

    Dr Muffi Lakdawala is an internationally
    renowned BariatricSurgeon who needs to be acknowledged for his ability and willingness to tackle these extremely difficult cases

  • Hussain Officewala

    Kudos to Dr Muffi and his team for helping in saving another life …its shameful to see such allegations conspiring out of the immediate family which rather should be indebted to Dr Muffi and his team. Keep the good work going Dr Muffi

  • Harry Frydenberg

    Dr Muffi Lakdawala is an internationally recognized Bariatric Surgeon
    Who needs to be acknowledged for his skill and ability to tackle these difficult
    Bariatric patients .

  • Sheila Alvares

    Proud of u & ur team Dr.Lakhdawala. keep the good work going. Strength and more power to you and don’t let these free loaders effect you or your work..Stay blessed always.

  • Sheena Joseph

    I,m very proud and lucky as an Ot sister in Artemis hospital ,Gurgaon ..Haryana..for, only once I scrubbed with Dr.Lakadwala recently ..such a wonderful surgeon he is..and we all respecting him lot..such a great person. Iam very disappointed after hearing the news given by eman’s sister..sir besides all controversies ,go further.your hands are blessed.. God bless you..

  • Dr Shital Gandhi

    proud & lucky to have sir like Dr muffi & his team . Congratulations sir & his team for managing Eman ‘s illness. Though clouds of allegations r there but definitely sir’ s hard work & efforts will shine. we r with u sir . Keep doing good wor

  • Dr Shital Gandhi

    proud & lucky to have sir like Dr muffi & his team . Congratulations sir & his team for managing Eman ‘s illness. Though clouds of allegations r there but definitely sir’ s hard work & efforts will shine. we r with u sir . Keep doing good work

  • Husain Chhassa

    “WHEN I FALL SICK IT IS HE WHO CURES”
    This statement fits on Eman’s sister now , May Almighty cure her soon.