Eman Ahmed, the Egyptian national who was believed to be the world’s heaviest woman, was discharged from Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital on 4 May. Ahmed, who came to India in February for weight loss treatment, will fly to Abu Dhabi for further treatment. A green corridor was put in place to help Ahmed reach the airport, Indian Express reported.
Eman will be shifted to the UAE’s Burjeel Hospital, which is a part of VPS Healthcare group. “Our team has prepared for all logistics. Since normal aircraft have smaller entrances, we have arranged for a special flight. She will be admitted under Burjeel Hospital’s care Thursday,” the daily quoted a spokesperson for VPS Healthcare as saying.
Saifee Hospital Announces Eman’s Discharge
Earlier, Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, bariatric surgeon who led the team of doctors treating Eman, had confirmed that Ahmed would be discharged. He had said:
Huzefa Shehabi, COO Saifee Hospital, has received an e-mail communication from VPS Burjeel Hospital (in Abu Dhabi, UAE) saying that Eman is ‘stable, in good health and fit to fly’. She would be discharged from Saifee on Thursday at 10:30 am.
He said that a doctors’ team from Saifee would brief the team from VPS Burjeel about Eman’s current medical status, he said. "We are extremely happy and pleased with her progress and wish her all the best," added Lakdawala.
Eman’s Sister Cries Foul
A team of doctors from VPS Burjeel (a hospital initially introduced to Eman's family by Dr Lakdawala), had visited her on 26 April. The development came last week amid allegations by Shaimaa, Eman’s sister, that Eman was not receiving proper treatment at the privately-owned Saifee hospital in South Mumbai.
According to Saifee authorities, the total cost incurred for Eman's treatment was around Rs 3 crore, of which the hospital received Rs 65 lakh in the form of donations from Indians.
Shaimaa, in an online video had recently alleged that the doctors at Saifee made "false claims" about Eman's complete recovery and weight loss of 262 kg.
Refuting the allegations, Dr Aparna Bhaskar, section chief of bariatric surgery at Saifee Hospital, had said that Shaimaa may be criticising the doctors to extend her sister's stay at the hospital. Dr Lakdawala too had denied the charge.
Saifee authorities had on 27 April filed a written complaint against Shaimaa, at VP Road police station for obstructing the medical treatment of Eman. The hospital had alleged that Shaimaa tried to put water in Eman's mouth, despite being told that she must be fed by tube only.
(With inputs from PTI.)