Recently, one of the famous Mumbai hospitals was appointed to conduct bariatric surgery on world’s heaviest women. And the hospital has put aside 2 crore Indian rupees to conduct the operation.
The woman’s name is Eman Ahmed. She lives in the port city of Alexandria in Egypt and hasn’t been able to leave her bed for over a decade due to ruthless weight gain since she turned 11. Now she is 36, and confined to bed with a swarm of diseases like hypertension, pulmonary disorder, depression, diabetes and asthma. She even has survived a stroke, but the stroke has left her with limited locomotive faculties. Due to her immense weight, she was also forced to drop out of school in her childhood.
However, according to the recent news, Mumbai-based bariatric surgeon and philanthropist Dr Muffi Lakdawala tweeted at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to arrange medical visa for Ahmed. She can only travel to India for treatment on the grounds of medical visa. Earlier visa permit was refused to her but was issued promptly once the minister interfered into the matter.
But no airline was able to take the risk to fly off Ahmed to India. Hence the next hurdle was to figure out a way to transport Ahmed to India. There are no direct flights between Cairo and Mumbai; hence a private jet was arranged to bring her to India.
However, the transport was successful and Mumbai’s Saifee hospital is preparing themselves to welcome this unusual patient.
According to the Mumbai reports, a special one-bedded hospital is built on the same premises of Saifee hospital to treat Ahmed. It will soon be equipped with an operating theatre, intensive care unit, doctors’ rooms, two rest rooms, an attendants’ room and a video conferencing room.
The entire budget for the operation will be paid by the hospital itself. Every single part of the 3,000-ft facility is being constructed, keeping in mind Ahmed’s weight, like extra wide doors and beds. A team of specialists, including a consultant bariatric surgeon, a cardiologist, a cardiac surgeon, an endocrinologist, a chest physician, two intensivists and three anaesthetists, are appointed to attend Ahmed while the surgery will be on process. She will be spending about six months in the same hospital for recovering herself from it.
Ahmed’s family will not be forced to pay anything for the surgery or post the surgery. Dr. Lakdawala is himself, raising fund to conduct her operation. The exact dates of Ahmed’s arrival to Mumbai are not known yet. But the separate building which is being constructed from Ahmed is almost complete and is about to get completed by the end of this month.