The family raised the alarm when they noticed the woman was bleeding profusely after coming back home from the surgery.
When an 80-year-old woman needed surgery for her back wound, her family took her to the hospital and paid a doctor to perform the procedure. Once they were back home and the elderly woman was recovering from the surgery, her family noticed that her wound became worse and that she was bleeding profusely. However, when they took her back to the hospital and asked for the doctor, they were told by the staff that none of the doctors working in the hospital went by that name.
The 80-year-old woman, Shameema Begum, was taken to one of Pakitan's biggest hospitals, the Mayo hospital in Lahore, on May 17 for her back wound. Upon arriving at the hospital, a man named Muhammad Waheed Butt walked up to them and said he was a doctor, ready to help them. The family went on to pay Butt for the surgery as well as for two follow-up re-dressings at home, according to The Sun.
Butt performed the surgery on Shameema's back right inside the hospital. He was even accompanied by another qualified employee in the operation theatre. Later, the family had to bring Shameema back to the hospital after noticing how her wound was bleeding and turning worse. When they asked the hospital for the doctor named Butt, they were told by the staff that none of the doctors in their hospital went by that name. Soon, the mystery unraveled and the family realized Butt was not even a doctor. He was actually a security guard who used to work at the hospital before.
According to wionews.com, Butt reportedly posed as a doctor on other occasions in the past and paid visits to the homes of other patients. The hospital had found out that Butt had been trying to extort money from patients and decided to fire him a couple of years ago. When an administrative official from Lahore's Mayo Hospital spoke about the botched surgery performed on Shameema, they said, "We can't keep up with what every doctor and what everyone is doing at all times. It's a large hospital." After the incident came to light, the former security guard was charged and arrested by the police while the other hospital employee was suspended for assisting him.
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The Lahore police spokesman, Ali Safdar told AFP, as quoted by wionews.com: "The guard has been charged and is in police custody. Butt had posed as a doctor and made home visits to other patients in the past also." Unfortunately, Shameema lost her life two weeks after the operation was performed. The hospital still does not know what type of surgery was performed on her body while she was in the operating theatre on May 17.
According to The Guardian, this is not the first time such incidents are happening. This year, in the month of May, the police arrested a man for pretending to be a doctor in the surgical ward at Lahore general hospital and getting visitors to pay him money for treatment. Another incident in 2016 saw a woman pretending to be a neurosurgeon and performing operations that she was not qualified for. It took eight months for the woman to finally be caught even after there were other qualified doctors who were part of the surgeries she conducted.
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