All eyes are on Dr Muffazal Lakdawala who is set to operate on world’s heaviest woman Eman

Bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala had told My Medical Mantra in an exclusive interview that it is going to be a tough journey. As Eman finally arrived in Mumbai early morning on Saturday, read all about the beginning and struggles of #SaveEmanCause

Eman Ahmed, world’s heaviest woman weighing 5ookg, landed at Mumbai international airport at 4am on Saturday (February 11). Ahmed, 36, will undergo bariatric surgery under the guidance of surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala is on a mission. He wants to ensure a new lease of life for 36-year-old Egyptian woman, weighing 500 kg, who will soon be airlifted to Mumbai for obesity surgery.

Lakdawala’s tweet to Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking government’s assistance in acquiring visa for Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty resulted in prompt response from the politician, who helped him in getting a visa for Eman.

Now, Lakdawala is busy arranging logistics to bring world’s heaviest woman to India for a treatment. Though Lakdawala has previously operated upon a patient weighing 300 kg, on being asked about the next step for Eman, he said, “It’s going to be a tough journey.”

In an interview with My Medical Mantra, Lakdawala shares how he got in touch with Eman’s family, mentions about the hurdles in store and preparations for the surgery.

How did you get to know about Eman? When did her family get in touch with you?

Two months ago, Eman’s sister Shaimaa Ahmed Abd EL Aty wrote to me for medical help. Eman needed a surgery and it was necessary for her to travel to Mumbai. I wrote to the counsel general in Egypt, but due to logistical issues, they could not process her visa. Then I decided to tweet to our external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. The minister’s prompt response helped us get a medical visa for Eman and now, we are waiting for her to arrive to Mumbai.

Dr Mufazzal Lakdawala

Now that the visa has been arranged and Eman is soon to be airlifted, what are the preparations you are making for the surgery?

We have been in talks with private airlines and are looking for sponsors to raise funds for her transport as well as treatment and will soon start an online campaign called ‘Save Eman’ for the same. She will need a private chartered flight and the family cannot afford it. For the surgery, we have a 450 kg operation table and are arranging for other equipment. We will have a multispecialty team of doctors, including two bariatric surgeons, cardiologist, endocrinologist and chest physician who will be looking after her before, during and after the surgery. Also, we have an all-women’s team to ensure her comfort as she is from the Arabic world and has been looked-after only by her mom and sister, so far.

Can you elaborate on challenges you are likely to face for Eman’s surgery?

The heaviest person I have operated on so far weighed 300 kg and the world’s heaviest person who had undergone bariatric surgery weighed 350 kg. One of the challenges we face while operating upon such heavy person is to manage a number of diseases that they suffer, like diabetes and hypertension, which may lead to complications for the surgery. Eman has diabetes, asthma, hypertension, pulmonary embolism (a sudden blockage in a lung artery) and sleep apnoea. She had also suffered a stroke. The biggest challenge for us while operating upon Eman will be pulmonary embolism.

My Medical Mantra originally published this interview on December 08, 2016.

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42 Responses to "All eyes are on Dr Muffazal Lakdawala who is set to operate on world’s heaviest woman Eman"

  1. Munira Yusuf Saifee   December 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Best Of Luck Muffibhai. You WILL Do It.

  2. Tumpa   December 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    All the best Sir

  3. Anil Galgali   December 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm


    • Tina   December 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Thank God for people like you. I had bariatric surgery and it saved my life. I will be praying

  4. Ali Asgar Shakir   December 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    We Wish You All the very best Dr. MUFAZZAL.

    From the entire team of BURHANI HOSPITAL, SURAT.

  5. Jasmine Shah   December 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Dr Muffi, we wish you all the best for the surgery and also helping her for her better healthy life

  6. Tasneem   December 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Ol d very best… It’s indeed a kind gesture… God bless

  7. shamlalkesar   December 9, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Dear Dr. Muffazal wish you all the best .

  8. Tahera Juzer Bootwala   December 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    All the very best Muffadal.may Allah bless you.

  9. Murat Üstün   December 9, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I wish you all My best, friend.
    From all My team and Turkish Obesity Support Group..

  10. Dr Mufti Mahmood   December 10, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Your sincere efforts will be duly rewarded

  11. Albert Manoj   December 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Wish Dr Muffazal Lakdawala & Eman all the best and pray to God that the operation is successful.

  12. Hussain   December 12, 2016 at 9:28 am

    All the very best Dr muffadal

  13. Saly   December 12, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I wish you all the best doctor. May God bless you for all you have done for this family.

  14. W. Mahoney   December 12, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Thank you, Dr. Muffi!
    I wish you the best!
    Dr. Mahoney

  15. Tadele   December 12, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Bon chance

  16. Rajender Akkati   December 12, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I wish you all the best Sir

  17. Leroy   December 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I wish all the best Dr. Muffazal and May God guide you

  18. Tamara   December 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Bless you,Muffadal!
    We wish you best. Good luck! Good luck! Good luck! Both of you!

  19. Blanca rivas   December 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Good luck and God bless you to help her to be better and her life

  20. Nancy Martin   December 12, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Dr Muffazal , May God help guide
    You during this Operation! Eman
    Needs your knowledge and Confidence
    During this most difficult Surgery!
    Gods Speed & Thank You. I’ll keep you both in my Prayers! Ms. Martin

  21. Nancy Martin   December 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    May God Bless you Both!!

  22. Burutta Hansgreygord K   December 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I wish her fast recovery with that problem please Dr make a plan for that !!! God bless

  23. Jeanne   December 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Thank God for your willingness to help her God bless

  24. Huck   December 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    All things are possible through Jesus Christ. I pray God guides the docs hands during surgery.

  25. Takyi   December 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    God will be on her side and she will be fine.

  26. N.Ramesh   December 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I wish u all success in treating this lady for her overweight problem.
    u will be giving a new life to her. This will also enhance the prestige of the country and the indian medical fraternity. once again i wish u all success.

  27. Anthony Carollo   December 12, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    God bless

  28. jes   December 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    My prayer is with you Dr. Muffazal and your team for a successful operation.Nothing is impossible with GOD.

  29. Lizzie Nalungwe   December 12, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    May the Almighty God protect and guide you as you’re going to do this operation. May it be successful in Jesus Name.

  30. Zari Singham   December 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I hope the surgery all goes well, and may all of you be blessed. Secondly I want to say that Dr. Muffi is hottie! But he is also apparently a great human being to go above and beyond to help someone.

  31. Diana   December 12, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Good luck as well as all the physicians and bless them and their hands.

  32. John Pringle   December 13, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Good luck on the surgery.

  33. Chan   December 13, 2016 at 1:06 am

    May God be with you when you operate her!

  34. Debra Girard   December 13, 2016 at 4:31 am

    What an opportunity to save a life and push the envelope on the possibilities of bariatric procedures for other at risk individuals. God speed Doctor and may he look over your shoulder as you perform your miracle.

  35. Opule   December 13, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I wish you the best and God’s gaurdians

  36. Jim   December 17, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Good luck to both of you. May God help you in your mission.

  37. veearrkay   January 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Dr.Muffi, you are the best. you can do it, the entire country is behind you.

  38. sameena   February 11, 2017 at 11:26 am

    dear doctor muffi ,
    god bless u for the initiative you have taken. best luck!!!!

  39. Gayatri   February 11, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Best of luck to you Dr Muffi and supreme super wishes for your anaesthetist team
    From : An Anaesthetist
    Dr Gayatri Patankar

  40. COL N MAHAJAN   February 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm


  41. Ahmed fathi   February 13, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Good evening Dr Muffazal
    Thanks a lot for all this support
    Actully I am from Egypt and I wanna help our patient, if possible any account for support for surgery to transfer money


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