Maharashtra govt backs doctors treating Egyptian woman Eman Ahmad, says 'happy with progress'

Doctors at Mumbai's Saifee Hospital have done a commendable job in treating Eman Ahmad. It will be ungrateful to make allegations against Dr Lakdawala and the team at Saifee Hospital that is working on her case, said Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant.

After reports of a tiff between the family of Egyptian woman Eman Ahmad, who weighed 500 kg and is undergoing surgery at Mumbai's Saifee hospital, and doctors treating her came to the fore, Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant visited the hospital to take stock of the progress in her treatment.

Sawant met Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, the primary surgeon of Eman and the Chief Operating Officer of Saifee Hospital Huzefa Shehabi.



  1. Speaking to India Today, Sawant said, "The team of doctors at Saifee Hospital have done a commendable job. Eman was a very complex case with issues of weight and cardiac problems among other ailments. I went through her reports and feel that it will be ungrateful to make allegations against Dr Lakdawala and the team at Saifee Hospital that is working on her case. I didn't get to meet Eman's sister because she was not present in the hospital at that time."
  2. The government showed its concern in the case for the first time since Eman came from Egypt to Mumbai as the number of patients who visit India from the Middle East is quite high.
  3. In a statement, the Saifee Hospital said, "We are pleased to inform you that Dr Sawant was extremely happy with her progress and expressed his satisfaction at the care provided to Eman by doctors at the hospital."
  4. Saifee Hospital has confirmed that Eman will soon be discharged from the hospital and taken to Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi for further treatment.
  5. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called Dr Lakdawala on Thursday morning for an update on Eman's health status.
  6. Sushma has been involved in Eman's case since the very beginning. She helped her secure a visa to India after Dr Lakdawala tweeted to her that Eman was in need of urgent treatment and that visa to her had been denied.
  7. Dr Lakdawala has submitted all the reports pertaining to Eman's case to the External Affairs Ministry to check.


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