Mumbai:A new video exposes the lack of privacy for Egyptian Eman Ahmed as she was released from a hospital in Mumbai two days ago. In the video, the woman who arrived in India as the world’s heaviest is brought towards the media in a wheelchair. Her sister, Shaima, distressed at the jumble of cameras and reporters, breaks down. She is consoled by doctors from Abu Dhabi where Ms Ahmed was flown from Mumbai.
The manner of Ms Ahmed’s departure after three months in Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital has caused public anger and demands for introspection by both the media and the doctors who treated her. They have denied allowing reporters inappropriate access to ensure maximum publicity for the improved condition of the 37-year-old who, after bariatric surgery or stomach-stapling, now weights 176 kilos.Yesterday, Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the lead surgeon handling Eman’s treatment, told: “She was plethora of diseases. Now, we have been able to send her on a wheelchair.”
Ms Ahmed’s sister had earlier accused the doctors of lying about her sister’s weight loss. They said she was upset at being told that it was time for Ms Ahmed’s free-of-cost treatment to end and for her to return to Egypt.
Yesterday, doctors from her new hospital in Abu Dhabi, where she will spend a year in physiotherapy, shared footage of her arrival and a luxurious room where she will stay.