Saudi woman sheds demons, weight at Kerala rehab

Saudi woman sheds demons, weight at Kerala rehab
When Lamia was admitted to hospital, she weighed about 326 kg and could only crawl on all fours as it was impossible for her to stand up.
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Koothattukulam (Ernakulam): Saudi Arabian citizen Lamia returned to her home country leaving 151 kg of her body weight behind in India. It was eight months ago that this 31-year-old woman reached a rehab centre in Kerala for special treatment as she suffered from a mental disorder too.

When Lamia was admitted to the Santhula Trust Hospital, near here, she weighed about 326 kg and could only crawl on all fours as it was impossible for her to stand up. Abdul Rahman, Lamia’s father who retired as a teacher from the Riyadh government service, said that the family is returning home happy and satisfied, after completing the first phase of her extensive treatment at the mental health rehabilitation centre.

The family came to know about the hospital from one of their maids who is a native of Kerala. They gathered more information from the internet before getting a consent certificate from the hospital to secure a visa for treatment.

Lamia was flown down to the Cochin International Airport by making special arrangements in the business class of the Saudi Airlines. Rahman and his son Issam too had accompanied Lamia to Kerala. She was then transported to the Santhula in an ambulance.

Fr Edward George, clinical psychologist and the director of Santhula, told that Lamia was admitted to the hospital with paranoid schizophrenia, a condition whose main symptom is auditory illusions and bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder characterised by binge eating. The level of haemoglobin in Lami’s blood was critically low at the time of her admission.

Allopathic treatment and medicines were given for mental illness and other health problems, while a homeopathic regime was followed to reduce Lamia’s body weight. A team of expert doctors and nursing staff led by Dr Nishad Koya, Lft Col Dr Vinod Raghavan, Dr Dhanya Unmesh and nursing superintend Bindu P Abraham took care of Lamia’s extensive treatment at Santhula.

The doctors have given a special diet chart and other instructions to follow to further reduce her body weight. The family informed that they would return for the next phase of treatment after six months.

Read: Women Health News