Eman Ahmed Abdulati, once known as 'world's heaviest woman' passed away in UAE on Monday at 4.35 am due to health complications. She underwent weight loss surgery in Mumbai and later shifted to Abu Dhabi for treatment
Housebound for 25 years, 37-year-old Eman Ahmed Abdulati could not get enough of the sights and sounds of Mumbai after she landed in the city at 4.15 am on February 11. She was seen beaming as she held on to her sister Shaima's hand, unmindful of the stares of hundreds of curious Mumbaikars who had thronged the airport and Saifee Hospital for a glimpse of her. "We saw her picture on TV. Is she really 500 kg? How did she survive so long? It is really a proud moment for us that this woman came all the way from Egypt to Mumbai for her treatment," said Salim Mallik, one of those who had come for a glimpse of Eman. Shaima, too, seemed overwhelmed by the welcome her sister got. "I am so excited to be able to come to Mumbai. But, there are so many things to do before the surgery," Shaima said
Dr Lakdawala who flew in from Egypt to Mumbai, added, "We already have the best of the brains in the field of bariatric surgery from America, England and Australia consulting with us on this case. Our first priority will be to save Eman's life." He added that Eman's words to him, "I trust you and so does my family", when he reciprocated to their letter requesting him to treat Eman mean a lot to him. "The family was contacted by many doctors across the world, but they bestowed their trust on me. I will ensure that she gets healthy. And for this single case, the entire world has come together, which even brought the government machineries of two countries (India and Egypt) together," said the doctor
Maintaining the health parameters and declaring Eman Ahmed Abulati fit for surgery was a task for the team of physicians, especially the anaesthesiologists. Eman was diagnosed with a series of health issues and a team of 13 specialists monitored her health round the clock. "We have already collected her blood samples to ascertain functions of her vital organs -- liver, kidney, heart and lungs, etc. We have also conducted a gene test to understand if there's an underlying reason for her low metabolism. The reports will help us plan the next line of action," said Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon whose team the Abulati family is counting on to save Eman
The room where Eman has been accommodated is on the first floor of the annexure building 1 near gate number 5 of the Charni Road hospital. The said room was earlier the accounts office, which was dismantled for Eman's treatment. The 1,000 sq feet room, which is centrally air-conditioned, has all life saving equipment and other facility required, with a special room for her sister, where they will spend another three to six months
"When we examined her in Egypt, her creatinine and blood pressure levels were high and our team's first task was to regularise them so that she could be airlifted to withstand the six-hour flight to India," explained Dr Lakdawala. When asked if she will need multiple surgeries, the doctor explained, "Once we get clearances from the respective teams monitoring her health, we will conduct a laparoscopic procedure to clip her stomach. Post surgery, on the basis of her prognosis and time taken for recovery, we will discharge her and will call for second surgery after a year."
Doctors did a special gene study on the patient, for the 91 different types of genes isolated with obesity-related syndrome (In pic: Truck carrying Eman)
Getting an anesthetist fitness certificate was the most challenging task for the team of doctors monitoring Eman's condition. Speaking to mid-day noted bariatric surgeon Dr Sanjay Borude, attached to Breach Candy Hospital, said, "While the overall fitness of a patient is taken into consideration, the role of the anaesthetist team will be crucial and challenging. And, if the claim of the patient being 500 kg in weight is true, then it will be a very challenging task for the team." "The primary task of the anesthetist will be to put the patient to sleep by providing higher doses of anaesthesia, maintaining all her parameters during the surgical procedure and getting her out of the anaesthesia effect. And the dosage of anaesthesia drugs in such cases will be five to six times than otherwise used for a regular patient," explained Dr Borude
The Egyptian national was served only liquid supplements from February 13. This, in the hope that she drops 50 kg in 25 days, otherwise an impossible task. Simply put, she will have to lose 2 kg every day to even qualify for the life-saving bariatric surgery she desperately needs. Dr Carlyne Remedios, nutritionist and group manager, Clinic Practices, Nutrition and Product Development, Saifee Hospital, said the first two days after her arrival the doctors stuck to the diet - chicken, mutton and bread - she had back home in Alexandria once a day to avoid putting the body into sudden distress. But beginning February 13, all solid food was removed from her diet for the next 20-25 days. She was given only liquid supplements rich in protein, fibre and dairy every two hours, six to seven times a day. "Rather than eating once a day, the intake was split into six to seven times a day," said Dr Remedios (In Pic: Saifee Hospital)
The literal and metaphorical journey of Eman Ahmed, the world's heaviest woman, was by no means easy, but neither has it been a walk in the park for her sister Shaima, who, in spite of everything, has continued to remain by her side like a rock. As mid-day had reported earlier that Shaima, an engineer, stopped working just to take care of Eman. But more than that, she also took the tough decision to leave her two-year-old daughter behind in Alexandria, Egypt, until Eman completed her first phase of treatment in Saifee Hospital over the next six months. Doctors at the hospital too are awestruck by the efforts Shaima has put it to make her sister stand on her feet again. "Hats off to Shaima's continuous effort for Eman. She has been fighting against all odds to give her a new lease of life. She has a two-year-old daughter who she has left in her hometown for Eman's treatment. She is so strong and determined," said Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, chairman of Minimal Access Surgical Science and Research Centre, Saifee Hospital
On a lighter note, Eman Abdulati loves the three Khans of Bollywood, but it's the 'eternal bachelor' - Salman Khan - who has her heart. The Egyptian national has been devouring movies of actors Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan since she made the 1,000-sqft room at Saifee Hospital her home for at least the next six months. Back at home, she used to spend the day watching Egyptian tele-serials. We know she likes to watch TV. So, we installed one in her room. As there are no Arabic channels, she can watch only Hindi channels. She loves the beats of Hindi songs, says Dr Muffazal Lakdawala. Her favourite Hindi film songs: 'Jumme ki raat' from Salman-starrer Kick. Close on the heels are songs from Dabangg and Sultan. Salman is likely to meet Eman once he gets an official request for the same. Eman also is looking forward to a dance face-off with Hrithik Roshan.
Mumbai's doctors pulled off a world record on March 7th. The most eagerly awaited surgery on Egyptian national Eman Ahmed Abdulati, 36, touted to be the world's heaviest woman at 500 kg, finally took place. Leading bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala and his team performed a Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) on Eman, who was already a 100 kg lighter at the time thanks to a strict liquid diet regimen, at Charni Road's Saifee Hospital. The operation will limit her consumption of food that will help her lose close to 150 kg in a year and a half. She currently weighs 350 kgs. Doctors said the surgery went off without a hitch.
In a video accessed exclusively by mid-day, once the world's heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed Abdulati, was seen grooving to Arabic music while lying on her bed at Charni Road's Saifee Hospital. The 37-year-old who is being treated for life-threatening obesity in the city, repeatedly bobs and sways her head and shoulders. She even manages to raise her upper body slightly while keeping beat. Her sister and pillar of strength, Shaimaa, stands beside her, playing music on her phone, cheering her on. The video is proof that she's inching closer to her dream of dancing with Hrithik Roshan.
The mystery behind Eman Ahmed Abdulati's massive weight gain has finally been solved. The Egyptian national, who was once touted to be the heaviest woman at 500 kg, has a rare gene defect, LEPR mutation - reportedly making her the first person in the world whose obesity has been attributed to it. The LEPR gene provides instructions for making a protein called the leptin receptor, which is involved in the regulation of body weight. Any mutation in it causes excessive hunger
Over two months since her arrival in Mumbai on February 11, Eman Ahmed Abdulati has lost 242 kg following the life-changing weight loss procedure. Her treating doctor and renowned bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala revealed the news recently. The rapid weight loss has dramatically improved Eman's health parameters. Her heart, kidneys, lung and fluid levels are all under control now. She, however, continues to be paralysed on the right side and suffers occasional seizures as a result of a brain stroke she had suffered three years ago.
on April 26, Eman Ahmed Abdulati's sister Shaima said her condition has worsened after her surgery on March 7. She alleges 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 - and has stopped being her cheery self. While bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala said he has fulfilled his promise of giving adequate treatment for obesity-related ailments, Shaimaa alleged she has been taken for a ride by Charni-Road based Saifee Hospital that took care of Eman's treatment. After the big fight, Shaimaa took her to Egypt where she breathed her last on September 25. Pic/Shaimaa Selim Facebook