Article by: Dumisane Dube
A woman died after a former security guard at a Pakistani hospital posed as a doctor and performed surgery on her, police said Monday.
Shameema Begum (80), died two weeks after Muhammad Waheed Butt (ex-security) attempted to treat her back wound at a public hospital in the eastern city of Lahore.
According to reports the woman’s family had paid the imposter for the surgery and two further home visits to dress her wound, but when the bleeding and pain worsened, her family returned her to the hospital, where they discovered what had transpired.
The hospital said it was unclear what type of surgery the imposter had performed in the operating theatre, where a qualified technician was also present.
Lahore police spokesman Ali Safdar said the imposter has been charged and is in police custody.
The hospital staff told the media that the imposter was fired two years ago for trying to extort money from patients.
The woman’s body being kept for an autopsy to ascertain whether her death was a result of complications from the botched surgery.
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