Mumbai: Eman Ahmed, 36, will be released Thursday from Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital in the wake of losing 330 kg more in just three months. The Egyptian measured 500 kg when she came to Mumbai on February 11. An exceptionally secured ambulance will take her to the air terminal to board an extraordinary Airbus 300 to Abu Dhabi.
A group of nine doctors, nurses and paramedics will go with her. “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,” a spokesperson for VPS Healthcare said.
Eman’s sister, Shaimaa Selim, said they have been guaranteed a year-long treatment at the Abu Dhabi doctor’s facility, where doctors will proceed with her rehabilitation and further weight diminishment.
Bariatric specialist Dr Aparna Bhasker said Eman was fit to fly and did not require unique arrangements for the flight. “She will only need tube feeding as her neck is paralysed due to a brain stroke.” An airport coordinator for Eman’s flight said the plane is yet to receive clearance. “There is also paperwork pending that will be finished by Thursday.”
“Later, when everything settles down, we will medically document her case. This will be a reference point for obese patients that they can be medically managed.” Lakdawala said there were moments during her hospitalisation when he was unsure if she would ever make it back to Egypt.
“My only fear throughout has been whether she will go back. There is the reference in medical literature of two patients her size who have been operated on. While one passed away immediately after surgery, the other is lost to follow. We have carefully recorded Eman’s treatment as it is a medical marvel,” he added further.
Nurse Grace N, who was assisting Eman continuously since 3 months, said she learnt a few Arabic words to communicate with her like aistayqaz (get up). “Her sister would teach us their language. But mostly I used signs to make her understand.”