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Mumbai hospital builds new unit to operate on ‘500kg’ Egyptian woman


Saifee Hospital at Charni Road has begun building a special facility for the world’s heaviest woman, 500-kg Egyptian Eman Ahmed, who is scheduled to undergo bariatric surgery at the hospital.

The hospital is spending close to Rs 2 crore to build what can be described as a “one-bed hospital.” Everything here is being designed with Eman Ahmed’s weight and frame in mind – from extra wide doors to a 7ft by 7ft bed.

A dedicated team of doctors comprising Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, Saifee’s consultant bariatric surgeon, a cardiologist, a cardiac surgeon, an endocrinologist, a chest physician, two intensivists, and three anaesthetists will operate upon Eman Ahmed and will also be involved in her post-operative care 24*7.

Eman Ahmed, 36, has not been able to step out of her home in Cairo in 25 years. Her inability to move out of the bed has spawned a clutch of associated ailments like diabetes, asthma, hypertension, pulmonary problems, and depression.

A tweet on Eman Ahmed’s condition by Dr Lakdawala has spawned an online campaign to raise funds for bringing her to Mumbai. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who responded to Dr Lakdawala’s tweet+ , has promised all help in bringing Eman Ahmed to India.

Dr Lakdawala on Wednesday confirmed that preparations for her surgery have begun. The surgery will be performed free of charge and Eman Ahmed’s family will not have to pay for her postsurgery recuperation too. She is likely to spend at least six months under Dr Lakdawala’s care.



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