Eman Ahmed perhaps the heaviest woman in the world, who is currently under the care of Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, one of India’s leading bariatric surgeons and his team of doctors is finally on her way to Mumbai for further treatment. Dr. Lakdawala and his team who have been treating Eman for almost the past three months have taken all the necessary precautions needed for the transportation of the 36-year old Eman Ahmed from Alexandria, Egypt. Even so transporting Eman to Mumbai is a challenging task keeping in mind the complexities of her case as she is a high risk patient who has not been able to move or leave the house for the past 25 years.
Eman will be travelling to India via an Egypt Air aircraft, accompanied by Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker, MBBS, MS who is an Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon at CODS and Head of Department of Bariatric surgery at Saifee hospital and Dr Kamlesh Bohra, MBBS, TDD, MD is Senior Intensivist, Department of Critical & Intensive Care at Saifee Hospital, along with her sister Shaimaa Ahmed and will arrive in India on Saturday, 11 February 2017. To prepare her for the flight, the team of doctors have been in Egypt for the last ten days to optimise the conditions for her travel; given the fact that she is so heavy and not moved for the last 25 years she is at a high risk for a pulmonary embolism and hence has been put on blood thinners to try and minimise the chances of such an eventuality during her transfer . A special bed/cot has also been created by local Egyptian artisans in requirements with the safety precautions as laid out by the Egypt air ; for her safe transport on ground and in the plane. As a precautionary measure the flight has also been furnished with all the equipment required in case of an emergency such as portable ventilator, portable defibrillator, oxygen cylinders , intubating laryngoscopes and other safety drugs . Once in India, Eman will be transported by a fully equipped truck, which will be followed by an ambulance and a police escort to Saifee Hospital where a special room has been created for her.
“There is always a risk involved when transporting a patient like Eman, who weighs about 500*kgs and has not moved or left the house for the past 25 years. We have taken all the precautions possible to ensure that Eman’s journey to India is accomplished without incident. Special arrangements have been made for her ground and air transport in India and in Egypt. Dr Aparna Govil and Dr Kamlesh Bohra will be traveling with Eman to ensure that Eman is in stable condition and comfortable throughout the journey.” Said Dr. Lakdawala who along with his panel of doctors has been a beacon of hope for 36-year old Eman Ahmed.
Eman currently suffers from severe lymphedema and water retention. She has already suffered a stroke resulting in paralysis of her right arm and leg, she cannot speak coherently, has type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, has severe obstructive and restrictive lung disease, gout and is at a very high risk of pulmonary embolism.