What was being touted as a medical miracle turned into a verbal duel after Shaimaa Selim, sister of once world's heaviest woman Ahmed Abdulati said that Eman's condition has worsened after her surgery at Saifee hospital in Mumbai 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. Accusing Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, Shaimaa alleged she has been taken for a ride by Charni-Road based hospital
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.
The videos gave 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.
Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant then criticised Shaimaa Selim saying her allegations would harm the medical tourism sector in India
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.
The tiff between Eman Ahmed's sister, Shaimaa, and doctors at Saifee Hospital turned bitter on April 27 with the hospital calling the police because Shaimaa tried to feed a few drops of water to Eman, something that was not advisable in her present health condition
Following the incident, the family decided to move Eman to Abu Dhabi for the rest of her treatment
In an exclusive interview with mid-day, Dr Lakdawala said, "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."
Saifee doctors treating Eman Ahmed sought an apology from her sibling Shaimaa Selim, for allegedly defaming them and accused her of creating a rift for publicity
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. Eman was discharged from Saifee on May 4.