Her body mass index is 252, ten times more than the normal mark, and doctors predict two more years before her weight can be brought down to 100 kg from 500 kg. Eman Ahmed (36) has a long road ahead, say doctors, to battle sleep apnea, hypothyroid, diabetes, hypertension, kidney problems, fluid retention and most importantly obesity before she can sit and eat on her own. On Monday, she was put on a high protein and fibre diet to systematically reduce her weight. It will be a month before any bariatric procedure can be carried out. Before that, she is to undergo genetic tests for 91 genes such as leptin gene deficiency, FTO gene, and Bardet Biedl syndrome that doctors suspect may be responsible for her obesity.
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“Nobody in her family has a history of obesity. So we need to probe genetic disorder,” said her treating doctor and bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, adding that in the first six months, efforts to reduce at least 200 kg will be made. “We want to ensure that when she returns home, she is able to sit in a chair and eat by herself,” he said. Eman may require to return for a second surgery two years later to reduce another 200 kg. In that surgery, her large intestine will be by-passed and only the small intestine will be retained. The doctors hope to bring her down to less than 100 kg eventually.
Eman, now sort of a celebrity within Saifee Hospital, was brought to India from Alexandria, Egypt, on February 11 in a cargo freighter in a coordinated effort between the two governments that involved participation of local police, doctors, the external affairs ministry and airport authorities. She is housed in a freshly prepared room on the first floor of the hospital’s annex building, where she has been watching movies of Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir Khan to pass time. “There is a lot of change in her in the past three days. There is hope,” said her sister Shaimaa Ahmed.