On Monday, Dr Muffazal Ladkawala and his team of doctors addressed a press conference at Saifee Hospital in Mumbai where they described the procedure that 500-kg Eman Ahmed would undergo to lose weight. An Egypt national, 36-year-old Eman was brought to Mumbai in a customised Egypt Air Flight and suffers from various complications including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, severe obstructive and restrictive lung disease and gout.
Speaking at the press conference, Dr Muffazal Ladkawala said that the main challenge of treating Eman, who stopped attending school at the age of 11, lay ahead, saying: “Picture abhi baki hai.” Saifee Hospital said that all medical expenses would be borne by the hospital and travel expenses would be recovered. An eight-member women team will take care of Eman’s day to day needs and 15 docs will look after her.
The Egyptian woman is a huge Salman Khan fan and wants to watch his movies along those of Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. It was also mentioned that Eman’s BMI was 252, while a normal person’s BMI is supposed to be 24. Doctors will take a call whether to perform surgery in four weeks’ time. Currently, they said that her skin was as hard as a rock due to fluid retention, and the first step would be to bring down the fluid retention. Eman’s sister Shaimaa Selim said, “Eman is very happy. Her life changed three days back. Please pray for her.”
Dr Lakdawala also added, “The room she has been housed in was prepared three days ago. It has a bed, monitors, a ventilator and an iron girder on the ceiling to lift her to take her to the bathroom.” Dr Lakdawala also added that she is set to lose 80 to 100 kg in the next four weeks. The first challenge is to make her lose enough weight so she can sit up by herself without aid. Then she will be sent back to Egypt where doctors will continue to monitor her progress.
Dr Lakdawala also thanked EAM Sushma Swaraj for processing her visa overnight.
Earlier Eman Ahmed was granted visa after Sushma Swaraj’s intervention. She had tweeted, “Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her,” after Dr Lakdawala reached out to External Affairs Minister on Twitter. Eman is at a high-risk for a pulmonary embolism, a condition in which the arteries of the lungs become blocked due to a blood clot. She has been put on blood thinners to minimise the chances of such an eventuality during her transfer. Once in India Eman will be transported by a fully equipped truck, which will be followed by an ambulance and a police escort to Saifee Hospital where a special room has been created for her.
Eman currently suffers from severe lymphedema and water retention. She has already suffered a stroke resulting in paralysis of her right arm and leg, she cannot speak coherently, has type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, has severe obstructive and restrictive lung disease, gout.
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