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Opinion: Be Careful That Eman Episode Is Not Repeated

Opinion: Be Careful That Eman Episode Is Not Repeated

The case of Emman, believed to be the heaviest woman in the world who was treated by a committed team of Doctors of Mumbai based Saifee Hospital, is a classical case of how a treating doctor can be wrongly painted from God to Devil in no time.

It was a  great effort  by  famous bariatric surgeon Dr. Muffazal lakdawala, his team and  hospital authorities that  Emman was successfully treated for weight reduction and  her weight could be brought  from about 500 Kgs  to 176 kgs. This benefited her immensely  in her  associated medical problems as well.

It is unfortunate that despite dedicated efforts of doctors her sister Shaimaa Selim made wild allegations that she was not getting proper treatment at Saifee Hospital and  the family decided to shift her  to UAE against medical advice.Such an attitude must has been demoralizing for the treating doctors and other staff must also be feeling let down.

It is indeed, time to introspect why it happened so that we can take measures so that Eman is not repeated again. There is no method or thumb rule by which one can predict post treatment behavior of relatives in such cases but we can certainly take some precautions by which such unpleasant situations can be avoided and they are—

  • Always be defensive while talking about outcome of treatment. Be careful that your conversation is not misconstrued as a claim in future.
  • Never over publicize outcome of a medical case  because it may boomerang and you may get back same quantum of negative publicity.

Lastly, we don’t have to be disheartened  and change our attitude and behavior as a result of one such unfortunate incident as we have chosen medical profession consciously  after properly understanding its merits and demerits. We have to accept that human behavior is unpredictable and somebody has rightly said “Ingratitude is deeply ingrained in human being”

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  1. One still fails to understand why this patient from a different country and cultural background was selected for \”free treatment\”.
    Free treatment has often no value at all to the person who receives it. Are we short of patients in India who needs charity and help?
    I feel that this was a colossal waste of our medical expertise and money. Basically an unwise decision.
    We can forget and forgive the ingratitude though..!!!!!!

  2. The decision to take up this patient for Bariatric surgery was basically wrong . This was basically a heroic attempt . Selection of the patient for such procedures is very very important . After selecting wrong patient for this procedure people may put in any amount of efforts or skills the adverse results are expected .

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    Dr RAVINDRA Joshi May 4, 2017, 9:50 am

    Wide spread publicity is also given to hospitals treating Pakistani nationals ultimately giving them free treatment. Similar courtsey not shown to Indian counterparts by these hospitals.