Eman Ahmed vs Saifee Hospital: Lowdown on their explosive fight

06-May-2017
  • What was being touted as a medical miracle came down to name calling after Shaimaa Selim, sister of once world's heaviest women Eman Ahmed Abdulati said that Eman's condition has worsened after her surgery on March 7. She alleged that Eman has been suffering from seizures every alternate day since - prior to her arrival in India, her last seizure was three years ago, which caused a stroke. Throwing direct attack on Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, Shaimaa alleged she has been taken for a ride by Charni-Road based Saifee Hospital that  took care of Eman's treatment.
    What was being touted as a medical miracle came down to name calling after Shaimaa Selim, sister of once world's heaviest women Eman Ahmed Abdulati said that Eman's condition has worsened after her surgery on March 7. She alleged that Eman has been suffering from seizures every alternate day since - prior to her arrival in India, her last seizure was three years ago, which caused a stroke. Throwing direct attack on Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, Shaimaa alleged she has been taken for a ride by Charni-Road based Saifee Hospital that took care of Eman's treatment.
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  • A day after Shaimaa blamed Mumbai hospital, Eman's mother too levelled shocking allegations against Saifee and Dr Lakdawala and his team. Eman's mother Thanaa Ahmed released a scathing video reiterating Shaimaa's accusations and pleaded for help. She alleged that Dr Lakdawala and Saifee Hospital got Eman to Mumbai on false promises and took advantage of her condition to gain publicity. "When Dr Muffazal Lakdawala came to our house three months ago, he promised us that he would keep Eman in the hospital till she was able to walk. Now, the doctor wants to send her back in just three months. He won an award for treating my daughter and now, he just wants to wash his hands of the matter. He managed to smile at functions when my daughter lay motionless," she said.
    A day after Shaimaa blamed Mumbai hospital, Eman's mother too levelled shocking allegations against Saifee and Dr Lakdawala and his team. Eman's mother Thanaa Ahmed released a scathing video reiterating Shaimaa's accusations and pleaded for help. She alleged that Dr Lakdawala and Saifee Hospital got Eman to Mumbai on false promises and took advantage of her condition to gain publicity. "When Dr Muffazal Lakdawala came to our house three months ago, he promised us that he would keep Eman in the hospital till she was able to walk. Now, the doctor wants to send her back in just three months. He won an award for treating my daughter and now, he just wants to wash his hands of the matter. He managed to smile at functions when my daughter lay motionless," she said.
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  • The videos have also given ammo to the Egyptian medical community, which had seen Eman's treatment in India as an affront. Once word got out last year that Eman's family had chosen Mumbai, Egypt had put together a crack team of doctors. "Eman was offered treatment at the best hospital in Egypt. Even Army surgeons came forward to help her out. But, the family decided to go with Mumbai, believing the promises made by Saifee hospital," said a doctor from Egypt.
    The videos have also given ammo to the Egyptian medical community, which had seen Eman's treatment in India as an affront. Once word got out last year that Eman's family had chosen Mumbai, Egypt had put together a crack team of doctors. "Eman was offered treatment at the best hospital in Egypt. Even Army surgeons came forward to help her out. But, the family decided to go with Mumbai, believing the promises made by Saifee hospital," said a doctor from Egypt.
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  • Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant then criticised Shaimaa Selim saying her allegations would harm the medical tourism sector in India. Eman, who was undergoing treatment for obesity at the privately-owned Saifee Hospital in Mumbai, is now going to be shifted to a hospital in the UAE.
    Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant then criticised Shaimaa Selim saying her allegations would harm the medical tourism sector in India. Eman, who was undergoing treatment for obesity at the privately-owned Saifee Hospital in Mumbai, is now going to be shifted to a hospital in the UAE.
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  • BJP spokesperson Shaina NC defended Saifee Hospital and Dr Lakdawala. "Instead of praising India and its medical fraternity, the patient's relatives are defaming the doctors. Shaimaa should offer an apology for whatever damage she has done," she told the media.
    BJP spokesperson Shaina NC defended Saifee Hospital and Dr Lakdawala. "Instead of praising India and its medical fraternity, the patient's relatives are defaming the doctors. Shaimaa should offer an apology for whatever damage she has done," she told the media.
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  • The tiff between Eman Ahmed's sister, Shaimaa, and doctors at Saifee Hospital worsened on April 27 with the hospital calling the police on Shaimaa as she tried to feed a few drops of water to Eman, something that is risky for her since her throat is paralysed. Unsupervised feeding could cause the water to go into her lungs. Shaimaa claimed the hospital did not warn her of this, but Saifee  insisted it had.
    The tiff between Eman Ahmed's sister, Shaimaa, and doctors at Saifee Hospital worsened on April 27 with the hospital calling the police on Shaimaa as she tried to feed a few drops of water to Eman, something that is risky for her since her throat is paralysed. Unsupervised feeding could cause the water to go into her lungs. Shaimaa claimed the hospital did not warn her of this, but Saifee insisted it had.
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  • After the water incident, a news broke out confirming that Eman will soon fly to Abu Dhabi for the rest of her treatment. Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman and MD, VPS Healthcare, Dr Shajir Gaffar CEO, Senet Meyer, director of VPS Medical Evac, Dr Vivek Singh, director of VPS Rockland Hospital, Delhi visited Eman, after which they issued a statement confirming the move.
    After the water incident, a news broke out confirming that Eman will soon fly to Abu Dhabi for the rest of her treatment. Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman and MD, VPS Healthcare, Dr Shajir Gaffar CEO, Senet Meyer, director of VPS Medical Evac, Dr Vivek Singh, director of VPS Rockland Hospital, Delhi visited Eman, after which they issued a statement confirming the move.
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  • Not to be undone, in an exclusive interview with mid-day, Dr Lakdawala said, "We told Shaimaa then that after the CT scan, we would send Eman back to Egypt. She got agitated and began making allegations. Shaimaa has been Eman's caregiver for years and now, she is enjoying her freedom for the first time; she doesn't want to go back to taking on that role again. She hardly spends time with Eman. It is the nurses, attendants and doctors who are with Eman. She wants Eman to be kept in the hospital till all her medical issues are resolved. But we had only promised to bring down her weight, and we've done that. I had promised that Eman would be able to sit on her own before leaving Mumbai; we've done that."
    Not to be undone, in an exclusive interview with mid-day, Dr Lakdawala said, "We told Shaimaa then that after the CT scan, we would send Eman back to Egypt. She got agitated and began making allegations. Shaimaa has been Eman's caregiver for years and now, she is enjoying her freedom for the first time; she doesn't want to go back to taking on that role again. She hardly spends time with Eman. It is the nurses, attendants and doctors who are with Eman. She wants Eman to be kept in the hospital till all her medical issues are resolved. But we had only promised to bring down her weight, and we've done that. I had promised that Eman would be able to sit on her own before leaving Mumbai; we've done that."
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  • Doctors treating Egyptian national Eman Ahmed have sought an apology from her sibling Shaimaa Selim, who alleged that the hospital authorities used her sister for mere publicity and made false claims about the former's weight loss.
    Doctors treating Egyptian national Eman Ahmed have sought an apology from her sibling Shaimaa Selim, who alleged that the hospital authorities used her sister for mere publicity and made false claims about the former's weight loss.
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  • Egyptian national Eman Ahmed, who was until recently believed to be the world's heaviest woman, will be discharged today from the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai, where she underwent treatment for severe obesity. Eman, who was brought in Mumbai in February 2017, weighed around 498 kgs on arrival. Her weight has reduced to 177 kgs as told by Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, bariatric surgeon who led the team of doctors treating Eman at the city hospital. Huzefa Shehabi, COO Saifee Hospital said she would be discharged from Saifee at 10.30 am.
    Egyptian national Eman Ahmed, who was until recently believed to be the world's heaviest woman, will be discharged today from the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai, where she underwent treatment for severe obesity. Eman, who was brought in Mumbai in February 2017, weighed around 498 kgs on arrival. Her weight has reduced to 177 kgs as told by Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, bariatric surgeon who led the team of doctors treating Eman at the city hospital. Huzefa Shehabi, COO Saifee Hospital said she would be discharged from Saifee at 10.30 am.
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