36 year old Eman who initially weighed 500 kgs had been bound to her bed in Egypt for 20 years due to her obesity.
She arrived in India’s financial city, Mumbai in early February after her family had got in touch with well known Indian surgeon Dr Mufaddal Lakdawala who raised money to bring Eman over to Mumbai.
Earlier this week, Dr Lakdawala while receiving a Man of the Year award for his contribution to the medical field said Eman had lost as much as 242 kg in the past two months.
After losing around 100kg with a liquid diet and physiotherapy, Eman underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
The surgery had around 75 per cent of her stomach removed to limit her food intake, after which her weight dropped to 340 kg by the end of March.
Dr Lakdawala, quoted in media reports said that Eman lost an additional weight of 98 kg in just 13 days, which left her doctors surprised as they had expected her to lose around 150 kg in a year and a half.
Given to her weight loss, Eman’s vital organs and overall health is doing better than ever before, although she continues to be bedridden and paralysed on the right side.
Eman weighed 5kg (11lb) at birth and was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition in which a limb or other body parts swell due to a parasitic infection.
When she was 11, she had gained immense weight because of which she could not stand up and would crawl. And then she suffered a stroke which left her bedridden and she had not been able to leave home since then.
Due to her weight, Eman arrived in Mumbai in a modified Airbus 300-600 of Egyptair and had to travel in a specially designed bed which was loaded in a truck, from the Airport to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital.
Considering her special requirements, a crane was called to lift Eman’s bed to the first floor of the hospital to a social facility, especially designed for her treatment and surgical interventions.
Several surgeries are to be included as part of her treatment. Saifee Hospital will be treating Eman for free for both the treatment and surgeries.