Showing Eman Ahmed the door, Mumbai hospital threw her privacy out of the window

Eman’s mother Sana and Shaimaa’s two-year-old daughter are planning to visit them in Abu Dhabi. “Eman is happy to go because she will finally meet our mother,” said Shaimaa.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Updated: May 5, 2017 7:11 am
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ON FEBRUARY 11, when Eman Ahmed Abd El Ati was brought to Saifee hospital in Mumbai from Egypt for a high-profile weight reduction surgery, the media was asked to respect her privacy. But on Thursday, as Eman was wheeled out through a 100-ft passage on her way to the airport and further treatment in Abu Dhabi, the doors in the hospital’s lobby were wide open.

“Nobody told me this would happen,” said Shaimaa Selim, Eman’s younger sister, visibly angry, as the ambulance left for the international airport through a 20-km special corridor.

At the hospital earlier, Shaimaa was shoved around as photographers struggled to reach her sister. So were doctors from VPS Healthcare’s Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, where Eman will be admitted. One of them turned around and questioned the hospital’s decision to allow “such a media display”.

Eman Ahmed leaves for Abu Dhabi, green corridor for her ambulance to reach Mumbai airport

The hospital, which has a private exit door at the rear, also delayed Eman’s discharge by half-an-hour, as authorities waited for Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant to arrive. And when Eman left, Sawant and BJP’s Shaina NC, who had sought an apology earlier for Shaimaa’s outburst against Saifee’s doctors, were close by.

Earlier this week, the hospital allowed singers Roop Kumar Rathod and Sonali Rathod to shoot a video of them singing to Eman.

Saifee authorities say they have documented permission from Eman’s family, taken at the onset of treatment at her home in Alexandria, which grants them the right to publicise her case. But Eman’s relatives claim they did not know what kind of publicity the consent would entail.

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“It was more for a scientific purpose. But with the world media showing interest, we had to allow them today,” said Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon who treated her.

Meanwhile, Eman, in a pink uniform, left the hospital with a confused look on her face. The 36-year-old already suffers from paralysis on her right side and has difficulty in speech, and could do nothing about the constant shoving by reporters, photographers and cameramen.

Relatives of other patients, too, had gathered to catch a glimpse of the patient whose case had caught global attention. “But why aim for publicity?” asked Sabiha, whose daughter is undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Finally, at 7.41 pm, Eman took off for the UAE in an Egypt Special Airbus 300 after undergoing routine procedure, such as X-ray, and a complete profile scan to declare her fit for travel. Accompanying her on the flight was an Egyptian ICU specialist, a nurse, and Sanet Meyer, director of Medevac, VPS Healthcare, in Abu Dhabi.

Doctors at Saifee hospital claim Eman has shed weight — from 498 kg to 170 kg — in three months. But two months into the treatment, a dispute rose over discharge between Shaimaa and doctors, forcing the move to Abu Dhabi. While Saifee presented videos and photos of Eman as proof of medical improvement, she continued to remain bed-bound, dependent on tube feed.

eman ahmed, eman ahmed treatment, world's heaviest women, eman ahmed abu dhabi, saifee hospital mumbai, eman ahmed saifee hospital, indian express A specially-procured ambulance took her to the airport to board a special Airbus 300 to Abu Dhabi. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Eman’s mother Sana and Shaimaa’s two-year-old daughter are planning to visit them in Abu Dhabi. “Eman is happy to go because she will finally meet our mother,” said Shaimaa.

According to a spokesperson of VPS Healthcare, special arrangements have been made to handle Eman in Burjeel Hospital. She will continue rehabilitation and physiotherapy before a call on further treatment is taken, the spokesperson said.

Back in Mumbai, Egyptian consulate general Ahmed Khalil said, “I do not want to get into it (the dispute). But I have seen that the hospital has done good work. And I really hope there is a happy ending.”

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    Manoj
    May 6, 2017 at 4:57 am
    This was one expensive surgery. Not too mention a very complex and difficult one. Obviously, hospital would seek publicity if they are doing the entire surgical-medical procedure for free. Seems the sister/family expected way too much and really showed no gra ude for such medical feat pulled off by Saifee hospital/doctors.. They could have chosen to pay just like all other patients in India do it at this hospital and wouldn't have to consent for publicity!
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      Antony
      May 6, 2017 at 12:14 am
      when millions of fellow indians are living without proper medical treatment why this hospital brings in this ungrateful egyptian to india and spend crores? charity should start at home not with a foreigner like this !
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        Sri
        May 6, 2017 at 12:10 am
        Disgraceful behaviour by the hospital authorities and the Bariatric Surgeon.
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          andy
          May 5, 2017 at 9:46 pm
          Don't do charity surgery to this type of lady because we spoil our name ourself some rascal like anad comment something to Indians no indian went to Egygt for any surgery Egygt become poor country
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            Bopdji
            May 5, 2017 at 8:47 pm
            It is the media and authors like this one who want to cash in on any aspect of the treatment of this Egyptian lady. When no hospital in the world was wil to take the risk, this hospital took a big risk to do the surgery on her, and then to treat her post-op for weeks. For the sake of the re tion of the Mumbai hospital, I am only hoping that this patient lives for at least another two weeks, as such a weight loss is physiologically unacceptable to the human body, and I think she will eventually suc b to the severely altered physiology of her body.
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              Anad
              May 5, 2017 at 7:42 pm
              The w episode clearly shows the greed of the indians in total to get publicity and loot at any cost. Hospital authorities want publicity to attract new obese as destinaion choice, doctors want to show their dirty face and loot and media just want to show they are ultimate authority of who should be hero or zero. Poor patient was used like a door mat to please these incorrigible and the intellgent sister of pateint realise the oppertunity to cash in on to blackmail the hospital authority to make money. Indian hospitals promoting medical tourism is bringing very bad name to the entire nation with their greed .I met some businessmen from afghanisthan who prefer india to pak for mediacal and business deal. I was told that indians are looting their citizen right from the time they land up in Delhi airport with almost thousands of agents waiting at airport itself to pounce on the afghanese .Same is case in Mumbai and Chennai dians are cheats infront of foreigners
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                Umar
                May 6, 2017 at 8:45 am
                Anand you are a cheat. You are not an indian surely. Show your real name. You are using this name only to defame india. A porkistani.
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                  Aakash
                  May 6, 2017 at 9:35 am
                  You are an with a big mouth. Do some research about this case then use your words accordingly in case you have brains to do so.it was a free treatment by the way and deserves some gra ude in return. People like you surely belong to those nation which cannot give reasons to their citizens to celebrate so you guys feel happy on other's setback. You better take your out of here or end up trol yourself here
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                  PARKASH CHANDRA
                  May 5, 2017 at 5:16 pm
                  LOGOUT. YOU CONTINUE TO DISRESPECT ME? YOU KNOW I AM DEMOCRAT. REGARDS. WITHOUT PREJUDICE
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                    PKR
                    May 5, 2017 at 4:37 pm
                    It seems the hospital did not attend to the media demands and hence some media is making hills out of nothing.
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                      Sonu Malik.
                      May 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm
                      Now some things are clear. The hospital brought Eman to get publicity . It wanted to prove that any heavy weight person can be made into a feather weight. Now the demand of bringing the weight down to manageable levels is HUGE. Now when Eman's sister realised it , probably she demanded some money, for using her sister's misery. She was clever. She saw to it that the weight came down to acceptable levels before making a fuss.
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                        Vin
                        May 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm
                        To folks arguing for or against the patient/doctor just put yourselves in the patients shoe? How would you all feel and the emotions you would experience if this affected your family? As a practicing Physician, I am ashamed by colleagues from my own profession who have shown no professionalism. No empathy, no holistic approach to the patient. Why would anyone in the future want to be treated in India. They have certainly made patients think twice before seeking care in India. That's what you get when Government is toothless and cannot regulate the medical landscape. Indians think is that what you aspire your country to become?
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                          Pankaj
                          May 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                          I am glad someone from the medical profession sees the it the way most people outside the medical fraternity do.
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                            indian
                            May 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm
                            Indian doctors and facilities are over rated. No wonder all our politicians and rich folks run to west for treatments. This s real face of India.
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                              Manoj
                              May 6, 2017 at 5:04 am
                              Hmmm ... is this the first instance where patients success story is used for publicity? As physician you must know this happens all around the world - even in the USA! If I were agreeing to publicity in exchange for free treatment then I very much expect the hospital to do advertise/publicize. There's no free lunch unfortunately ...
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                              kamath Ramesh
                              May 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm
                              The facts are not correctly placed in this report. BJP leaders came to sort out the dispute between the Eman's sister & hospital. Emans sister created ruckus over some issue. For popularity even doctors will go to any length. When millions are dying in India without proper medical facilities, saifee hospital & this doctor spent millions on an Egyptian lady. Many of our patients do not get ambulance & stretchers, this lady got air ambulance arranged by hospital. Even dead bodies are held back, not to speak of refusing discharge, for non-payment of medical bills this lady got everything free. This is not for any humanity but only for publicity. Despite doing all this, thankless sister blamed hospital & doctor and made a big drama before getting discharge. Do such people deserve any sympathy?
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                                Joseph R Stephen
                                May 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                                Dr ladakawala, the BJP government has brought total shame to India and also very bad name for Indian Doctors
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                                  kamath Ramesh
                                  May 5, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                                  Your hate bjp mindset is well exhibited. How the bjp govt brought shame? BJP leader & police chief both are doctors were called by hospital to resolve the dispute raised by Eman's sister. It is the doctor & the hospital which brought her to India for treatment & not the bjp. Have the facts correct before showing your mindset
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                                    Pankaj
                                    May 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm
                                    Not the Govt,,, it s doctors
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                                    Rajesh Lalla
                                    May 5, 2017 at 1:54 pm
                                    When the sister went to the media to complain I think she herself opened the doors to the media. So why expect privacy now
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                                      ah
                                      May 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm
                                      Saifee authorities say they have do ented permission from Eman’s family, taken at the onset of treatment at her home in Alexandria, which grants them the right to publicise her case. .......................... it seems that Saifee Hospital treated this case as PUBLICITY stunt
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                                        Sonu Malik.
                                        May 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
                                        Very very true. Doctors have no time since they want to convert time into money. So giving free treatment to anyone makes sense to the doc and to us only if the idea was to get publicity. That is unethical in an ethical profession like that of a doctor.
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                                        Pinna
                                        May 5, 2017 at 12:02 pm
                                        Good riddance! It is a pity, instead of appreciating the efforts and dedication of doctors and staff of the hospital, the patient's family members preferred to blame the hospital authorities.
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                                          doctor
                                          May 5, 2017 at 11:50 am
                                          imagine where even the dead body has to be carried on father's shoulder from hospital. the high profile patient complaints for all wrong reasons.We must be anation of s to listen
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                                            NAGU
                                            May 5, 2017 at 11:29 am
                                            Even though Dr. Lakdawalla is a Musim, SAIFEEE TRUST HOSPITAL, run by Khoja Muslims in Bombay , patient & her sisters are ungreatful to Hospital , Authorities, Doctors , Nurses etc & finally India which has accomodated so much facilities, it is highly regrettable & LESSON to Maharastra Govt , bcoz finally Health Minister has to intervene for the safe passage of patient from Hospital . Naagu
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                                              ASV
                                              May 5, 2017 at 11:51 am
                                              The hospital is contructed and run by Dawoodi Bohra Muslims . Dr Lakdawala is also Dawoodi Bohra
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                                                Mohammad Dar
                                                May 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                                                Shiit s, followers of hind crime of hinduism racism by faith, of hindu crooked Persian origins, Not Islamic.
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                                                  SR
                                                  May 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm
                                                  Some thing is pathologically wrong with you Mohammed.Where does Hinsuism come into the picture ? Patient Muslim Doctor Muslim and Hospital Muslim The only place where Hinduism comes into picture is when External Affairs Minister intervened to give Eman a visa without the mandatory visit to Indian Embassy in Cairo.Yet u rave like a lunatic It only reveals the Shhitts evil Muslim brain and idealogy of monsters and barbarians like you. SHAME !!!
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                                                    Mohammad Dar
                                                    May 5, 2017 at 9:23 pm
                                                    But deeds of medical staff in hindrance to truth hinduism negativity to the norms of humanity, there is nothing wrong with me, but your understanding of the words hindu negative mind set, because hinduism is not a faith but, a crime against humanity , wrapped in a hindu ugly wrapper of religion, to fool humanity into hindrance to truth hinduism, racism as a faith.
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                                                    kamath Ramesh
                                                    May 5, 2017 at 3:49 pm
                                                    Why are you blaming BJP or govt? BJP leader & police chief both are doctors were called by hospital to resolve the dispute raised by Eman's sister. It is the doctor & the hospital which brought her to India for treatment & not the bjp or any govt. Have the facts correct before showing your mindset
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                                                    rajinder
                                                    May 5, 2017 at 10:07 am
                                                    from the article - "the hospital allowed singers Roop Kumar Rathod and Sonali Rathod to shoot a video of them singing " The hospital allowed singers to film a music video with the patient as a prop ? How is the behavior by the hospital and doctors justified ? Sadly Indian Pvt hospitals and doctors rarely respect patients rights .
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                                                      Mohammad Dar
                                                      May 5, 2017 at 10:18 am
                                                      They were not helping but using a lady in need to promote their unknown to the world, hospital, hindu immoral hogs of hinduism greed, pretending to be the angels of the mercy.
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                                                        Sandip Jain
                                                        May 5, 2017 at 11:46 am
                                                        Dear Mr Mohammad, The doctor by religion is a Muslim. The hospital is run by a Muslim trust- yes they are very much Indian and yes they did all of the treatment for free- but pray tell me where did Hinduism or religion get dragged into this.... Please at least think before you write- better still just shut up you
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                                                          Mohammad Dar
                                                          May 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                                                          Because hindrance to truth hinduism is not a faith, but an act of a person in hindrance to truth, in negativity, not religion specific, but deeds specific.
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                                                            SR
                                                            May 5, 2017 at 3:36 pm
                                                            Some thing is pathologically wrong with you Mohammed.Where does Hinsuism come into the picture ? Patient Muslim Doctor Muslim and Hospital Muslim Yet u rave like a lunatic It only reveals the Shhitts evil Muslim brain and idealogy of monsters and barbarians like you. SHAME !!!
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                                                          Manohar Narayan
                                                          May 5, 2017 at 9:23 am
                                                          Ungrateful sister, expects every treatment free, when she was only suggested weight loss treatment.
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                                                            Moore Larry
                                                            May 5, 2017 at 9:11 am
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                                                              vs
                                                              May 5, 2017 at 8:43 am
                                                              Uneducated uncivilized indian media as usual.No respect for anyone.Behaves like a small child.Most abhoring behavior as usual.You guys always shame the nation.
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                                                                Mohammad Dar
                                                                May 5, 2017 at 9:14 am
                                                                Word shame or regret does not exist for the hogs of hinduism immorality by faith, for proof check with hindu filthy man god of hindus immoral s by faith, An Agori.
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                                                                  Baba
                                                                  May 5, 2017 at 9:36 am
                                                                  And you Muslims still come begging to India. Didnt you filth immortality by faith of child molester Mohammed who created the world's largest terrorist religion Islam.
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                                                                    Mohammad Dar
                                                                    May 5, 2017 at 9:54 am
                                                                    You must be high on cow cola, only time a Muslim turns to the east from the west is, the time to take a leak on the hindus immoral of hindrastan, hindu filthy swamp of hinduism racism by faith, called india, not to visit.
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                                                                      Baba
                                                                      May 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm
                                                                      Mohammed your name itself signifies that you seen follower of a child molester who molested many children including child Aisha who was like his daughter. Did this girl come to drink cow cola or for surgery which the Muslim world could not perform since their obsessions with terrorism is more than human lives. Do you know how you recognize a Muslim? When he carries a 5000 dollar gun but has no shoes to wear. Another good one. How do you recognize a Muslim? When a man has four slaves with 100 children following him burn his has been cut in half.
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