Egyptian woman leaves Indian hospital more than 300 kg lighter

Frederick Owens
May 6, 2017

After almost 83 days of treatment under Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, Chairman, Institute of Minimal Access Surgical Sciences & Research Centre, Saifee Hospital, she now weighs around 171 kgs.

Her family says Ahmed, from Alexandria, was born weighing 11lb (5kg) and has lymphedema, a condition that causes body tissue to swell, which caused her to suffer a stroke aged 11. Eman, who left Mumbai for the capital city of the UAE on Thursday, will now be at the Burjeel, largest private tertiary care provider in Abu Dhabi, will first be taken into the ICU on the first floor. "She would be discharged from Saifee tomorrow at 10.30 AM", said Lakdawala.

Abd El Aty, 36, will now undergo further treatment in Abu Dhabi, Reuters reported.

Eman Ahmed weighed more than half a ton when she was operated on in Mumbai in March, but after a series of operations, dropped her weight to below 200kg.

"The idea is to complete the treatment the patient received in [Mumbai]". Eman's sister Shaimaa had earlier alleged that Eman did not receive proper treatment at Saifee, the charge which Dr Lakdawala and others at the Mumbai hospital denied.

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Ms Ahmed's journey from the hospital to the city's worldwide airport, via a green corridor provided by the Mumbai traffic police, turned into a spectacle, with camera crews from the media tracking her ambulance's every motion amid popping flashbulbs.

"She will have doctors, paramedics and nurses with her during the journey".

A few days ago, she accused the doctor of being a "lair" and posted videos and photos of the patient in her Facebook page and raised doubt over the progress of her health. Bariatric surgeon Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker said, " We have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that she has a safe landing at Abu Dhabi and won't have any problem in the air".

Speaking to The Hindu from the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Ms. Selim made a last-minute bid to set things right, saying Indians have showered tremendous love and affection on her sister. "Hence, we could reduce her weight from 498 kgs to 170 kgs", stated Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, chief of bariatric surgery at Saifee Hospital.

"Shaimaa then said she has been promised by Burjeel Hospital officials that Eman will be able to stand and walk soon". A motorized wheelchair and an electric patient lifter with a pick-up capacity of 300 kilos have been specially imported from the U.S. and Sweden. "She will need multiple surgeries to straighten her hips and knees".

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