A woman died after appearing as a doctor for a former security guard at a Pakistani hospital and undergoing surgery, police said.
Shamima Begum, 80, died on Sunday, two weeks after trying to treat Muhammad Waheed Butt’s back injury at a government hospital in the eastern city of Lahore.
“We can’t live up to what every doctor is doing all the time. It’s a huge hospital,” said an executive at Mayo Hospital in Lahore, who did not want to be named.
He said it was not clear what kind of surgery was performed by the unidentified man in the operating theater, where a qualified technician was also present.
Government hospitals in Pakistan, where patients have to pay for medical treatment, can often be inefficient and chaotic.
Begum’s family paid Butt for the operation and visited two more homes to see his wound. When the bleeding and discomfort increased, his family took him back to the hospital where they found out what had happened.
Her body is being kept for an autopsy to determine if her death was the result of complications from butch surgery.
“The guard has been charged and is in police custody,” said Ali Safdar, a Lahore police spokesman. “Butt has also held positions as a doctor in the past and has visited other patients at home.”
Butt was fired two years ago for trying to extort money from patients, Mayo Hospital staff said.
Earlier in May, a man was arrested on charges of posing as a doctor at the General Hospital in Lahore and extorting money from patients in the surgical ward.
In 2016, it was revealed that a woman, who has been in the position of neurosurgeon for eight months, had been operating with qualified doctors at the Services Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest health center.
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