The world's heaviest woman alive — Egyptian Eman Ahmed Abd el-Aty — will soon be shifted from the ward in Mumbai's Saifee Hospital to VPS Healthcare's Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi for further treatment, rehabilitation, and therapy.
VPS officials confirmed that the transfer of the 1100-pound Eman from India to the Abu Dhabi hospital will take place in the coming week, confirmed VPS officials. On Thursday, April 28, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, who is the co-founder of the VPS Health Groups, visited Saifee Hospital with his team of doctors and medical practitioners to chalk out Eman's shift.
Eman's Earlier Surgery
At Saifee Hospital, the 36-year-old underwent bariatric surgery on March 7, following which doctors claimed she lost almost 662 pounds. Eman's sister, Shaimaa Selim, though claimed that the doctors were lying and that it was impossible for someone to lose so much weight so quickly.
Muffazal Lakdawala, the bariatric surgeon leading the team, informed Selim that Eman's weight had dropped to nearly 380 pounds. The doctor told Selim that Eman could be taken back to Egypt as there was no need for her to remain in the hospital any longer.
"They told me they would remotely monitor her condition under an Egyptian doctor but she could go home as no further treatment was required," Selim shared.
This suggestion did not go down well with Selim who reveals that even though her sister lost weight, she still has a long way to go before being completely rehabilitated. According to Eman's sister, currently, she cannot function by herself and needs proper physical therapy. So, Selim decided to shift her to the Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
How The Transfer Will Take Place
Moving the patient in this case is no child's play despite the weight Eman has managed to lose since her admission to the Indian hospital. A specialized ambulance will take her to Mumbai airport. From the airport, doctors will get her aboard the flight by hoisting her stretcher with a crane through the specialized plane's door.
Inside the flight, a team of trained medical professionals will attend to Eman. The flight has been equipped with necessary medical equipment and amenities such as ICU medication, ventilator, defibrillator, oxygen cylinders, and more. It is estimated that 13 people will accompany Eman.
"Eman will continue to be on the high-nutrition liquid diet being given to her via a feeding tube and we will take utmost care to keep her stable and safe until she is transported to Burjeel Abu Dhabi to continue her treatment," Sanet Meyer, director of Medevac at VPS Healthcare, stated.
Eman was diagnosed with elephantiasis as a child and did not leave her Alexandria house for more than 20 years before seeking medical aid in India.