Eman Ahmed, the Egyptian who until recently was the heaviest woman alive at 500kg and was being treated for obesity, will be shifted to an Abu Dhabi hospital, for further treatment.
The privately-owned Saifee Hospital announced that Eman is being shifted to Burjeel Hospital in the UAE, a move that comes amid allegations by her sister Shaimaa Selim that she was not receiving proper treatment.
Eman was brought to Mumbai by a special cargo aircraft and admitted to the private hospital on February 11 thus completing her first trip outside her home in over 25 years.
She will now travel to Abu Dhabi in business class in a civilian flight. The Saifee Hospital also claimed that from 500 kg last year, Eman now weighs 176 kg.
“She came on a chartered cargo plane and goes back as a passenger on a flight in Business Class... Eman Ahmed who weighed 500 kg as on 23/9/16 weighs 176.6 kg today,” said Dr Aparna Bhaskar, section chief of bariatric surgery at Saifee Hospital.
Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, MD of VPS Healthcare, reached here and met the authorities at Saifee, said Shaimaa, who is staying here with her sister.
Burjeel Hospital is a part of VPS Healthcare group whose team of doctors had visited Eman Thursday on the request of Shaimaa.
“As the treatment here concludes, Eman is being shifted to Burjeel Hospital in UAE (a hospital initially introduced to the family by Dr Lakdawala). Secondary physiotherapy will continue over there as it is closer to home for Eman and her family,” said a statement issued by Dr Bhaskar.
Dr Bhaskar said the team of doctors at Saifee Hospital has done a fabulous job and her recovery has been “unprecedented”.
“She is stable and all parameters are under control. She will continue to need neurological rehabilitation and physiotherapy.”
Shaimaa had recently alleged that the doctors at Saifee hospital made false claims about Eman’s weight loss of 262 kg.
Refuting the allegations, Dr Bhaskar had said on Tuesday that Shaimaa may be criticising the doctors to extend her sister’s stay at the hospital.
In an online video, Shaimaa had also said that Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon who led the team of doctors treating Eman, made “false claims” about her complete recovery and weight loss. Dr Lakdawala had refuted the charge.
Last month, Eman underwent bariatric surgery in which doctors had claimed to have reduced her stomach size by two-third, so as to reduce the food intake.