Eman Ahmed's sister goes against doctors orders and tries to feed her, Saifee Hospital files complaint

The spat between Dr Muffazal Lakdawala and Eman Ahmed's sister Shaimaa Selim is getting bitter by the day.

FP Staff April 28, 2017 16:18:22 IST
Eman Ahmed's sister goes against doctors orders and tries to feed her, Saifee Hospital files complaint

The spat between Muffazal Lakdawala and Eman Ahmed's sister Shaimaa Selim is getting bitter by the day. On Thursday, the altercation became serious as the hospital authorities complained against Shaimaa for feeding her sister through the mouth at a time when doctors have recommended otherwise, reported The Hindu.

Authorities at Saifee Hospital, where Ahmed is admitted, sent a written complaint to VP Road police station requesting them to restrict the sister from making deliberate attempts to spoil Ahmed’s health.

In the written complaint, the authorities alleged that on Thursday at around 4 pm, Shaimaa made an attempt to force-feed Ahmed through the mouth, going against the doctor's orders.

Eman Ahmeds sister goes against doctors orders and tries to feed her Saifee Hospital files complaint

Eman Ahmed. PTI

Huzaifa Sehabi, COO, Saifee Hospital told Mumbai Mirror, "Eman suffered a stroke in the past and she still gets epileptic attacks. Treating doctors have therefore advised against feeding her orally as she can aspirate and also get pneumonia, which can further deteriorate her health. Shaimaa is well aware of this, yet she tried to give her water."

The report suggests that doctors have installed cameras inside and outside of Ahmed's room to keep an eye on Shaimaa.

Doctors have recommended a strict dietary plan for Ahmed which specifies 200-ml feeds every two hours, for 18 hours a day.

The hospital authorities caught Shaimaa giving Ahmed some water. However, Shaimaa denied all allegations. She told Mumbai Mirror, "There was no doctor in Ahmed's room and nobody informed me that she cannot drink water. She wanted to have water so I gave her a few drops. My sister was eating everything before coming to Mumbai; it’s been almost two-and-half months that she is being fed intravenously. When will she eat? Nobody is answering me."

Shaaima had earlier accused bariatric surgeon Muffazal Lakdawala, chairman of the Saifee Hospital Institute of Minimal Access Surgical Sciences & Research Centre, of being "a liar" as she posted on Facebook videos and photos purportedly raising doubts over the patient's progress.

The 37-year-old Ahmed weighing around 500 kg and dubbed as the "world's heaviest woman" who had not stepped out of her flat for over 25 years, was airlifted in a cargo plane from Alexandria to Mumbai on 11 February for her weight loss treatment at the hospital.

At the time of admission, Eman weighed around 500 kg but after bariatric surgery in March, she lost initially 100 kg through a strict protein-rich liquid diet regimen.

Shaimaa claimed in her video message in Arabic that "Eman does not talk at all. She is unable to move and looks bluish. No improvement".

With inputs from agencies

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