Mumbai: Has she lost weight or not? An ugly fight has broken out between doctors treating world’s heaviest woman Emam Ahmed and Emam’s sister. Emam’s sister Shaimaa Selim has alleged that doctors are lying about the weight loss of 262 kg. Now the doctors have returned fire saying that Shaimaa has “killed humanity”.
Doctors at Saifee Hospital have claimed that Emam has lost 262 kg from her orginal weight of 500 kg. Then came Shaimaa’s online video, alleging that bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakadwala was lying about Emam’s weight loss and complete recovery. Dr Lakdawala is heading the team of doctors treating Emam
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"Everything was a lie. God forgive them for what they have done... Eman did not lose 240 kg or 260 kg... Eman does not talk at all. She is unable to move and looks bluish. No improvement," claimed Shaimaa in her video.
But Saifee Hospital COO Huzaifa Shehabi denied the allegations, and claimed that Emam’s weight is now less than 200 kg. "Eman's weight has gone down miraculously, faster than expected. She now weighs less than 204 kg. If a patient's treatment is over, we can't unnecessarily keep her in hospital," said Sahebi. Countering Shaimaa’s charge hospital alleged that Shaimaa is not ready take Emam home, and that Shaimaa’s outburst emanated from the fear of Emam’s likely discharge.
Dr Lakdawala said that he was "extremely saddened by this and if this is the result, humanitarian deeds will stop completely". "Shaimaa Selim, you killed humanity with one swell blow. May only God help you when you realize what you have done. I will continue to treat and pray for Eman," he Dr Lakadwala tweeted.
Stoking the controversy further, bariatric surgery section chief Aparna Govil-Bhasker took the extreme step of quitting the team treating Emam. "Unfortunately Eman's case is an example of the worst kind of assault that a patient's family can do to a doctor. It will be an example for patients to learn how to use the hospital system to your advantage by hook or by crook... I am appalled at the irony that today when Eman's health is the best that it has ever been in last 25 years, her sister chooses to go down this path," Bhasker said.
On Emam’s discharge, Shehabi said, "A doctor knows whether patient has recovered or not. Her recovery has been miraculous. Why would a team of doctors hold her back here when she has recovered?"
The Egyptian woman is being treated free of cost by the Saifee Hospital.