Medical Malpractice is a silent killer

Monday, December 7, 2009

I recently had the opportunity of meeting Aqeel the father of Imanae who recently succumbed to death due to dire malpractice at the Doctors Hospital. His entire family is on a rampage against the institution and the very principles of immoral medical conduct. Being a victim of this nemesis myself, I realized the pain and anguish that this family was going through. The detrimental difference between the death of Imanae and the hundreds and thousands of others who have died because of mismanagement and malpractice is that the family took the stand against this evil. No one has been able to successfully launch a campaign against the Doctors, hospitals, nurses and especially the institutional management. Times are now changing. A family has finally stood up against the prosperous and indigenous management would have been extremely successful in constructing more stories at the cost of deceiving millions from all people alike.
It is a known fact that the healthcare industry and the quality of Medicare is directed proportional to the economic and social well-being of that nation. Nations that have placed their future in ensuring lives have given birth to new technologies. Technologies that speed up diagnosis and eliminates or at least drastically reduces the human error. The greatest battle lies within the realm of diagnosis. The objective of life and death revolves around the basic understanding of what the doctor perceives at that given time. Human atrophy is caused by the wrong perception and understanding of Doctors all across the world. The only difference is that in Pakistan there is no checking balance. There is no institution that governs the moral and social obligations that Doctors have to this nation and its people. And if there is such a thing as an institution than it is not executing and monitoring its domain. A dead dog is simply of no use to its master. And this is a very similar scenario of Pakistan's medical industry.
“I pledge to shut down the institution that has given my daughter that was caused because of simple negligence” speaks out Aqeel. His voice completely shattered by the turmoil that he is gone through over the last 10 days. He has lost his only daughter to the hands of one of the most corrupt and unchecked institutions of this land.
“We have spoken to the chief minister and believe that case will be immediately taken up” speaks the grandfather of the three-year-old that died tragically in the hands of her father. The father has recently started a major and massive campaign against Doctors hospital. He is also set up a portal so that the world can realize and feel the pulsation of a dying heart. One cannot even start imagining how one can even out live an incident like this. How can you be prepared to bury your only angel because some nurse gave the wrong injections? Where else in the world to children as adorable as this one die? Where else in the world do quacks practice so openly? Where else in the world does medicine have so many different types of quality? Where else in the world do you see millions of people silent as they bury their loved ones?
My father also died because of malpractice in this country. He was a professor. Many of the current political brass and bureaucracy prowess have been taught by him. I will always have impressible memories of my father. He was one of the few foreign teachers that decided to come back and serve this nation. And yet, he died because doctors at Punjab Cardiology gave him the wrong injection.
These are just not numbers. These are dreams, ambitions, and hopes that have died and have been buried deep within our own lives. These are faces that we will always be in search of. These are hands and smiles we will be forever in need of. These are loved one that we will cherish till our own last breath.
People tend to forgive god as one buries ones loved ones. This is the plagiarizing defeat of life. One has to come to terms with it. But without reason and rhyme, this is insanity. Hundreds of people die in the medical hospitals today, no doctor or staff has been reprimanded. Nothing has come to date. I admire Aqeel and his bravery. He has given meaning to the long journey that no one was ready to take on. With such dilemma against one, one takes to a simpler and calmer road.
Today, many are with Aqeel. I guess many are with him because they are fighting their own battle. They are in search of peace with their own souls and the injustice that took place. Justice is blind. But so is malpractice.


Anonymous said...

I know you are right,doctors in pakistan are money making machine.I am living in Canada for last ten years. I remember before I came to pakistan I took my mother to surria azeem hospital where doctors was deliberately treating her for heart failure and she had the epilepsy.I was the lucky enough to be around whe one junior doctor was asking the doctor Zaigam shah what to do with this patient of epilepsy. Dr Zaigam replied in english we will tell after few days.They thought I did not understand english as they were talking in english.After hearing this I took my mother from there.


Anonymous said...

people get hurt, this is the sad part.

Jonathan said...

To put it simply, Medical Malpractice is negligence on the part of a healthcare provider that resulted in injury. Medical Malpractice cases may result from misdiagnosis of a disease, failure to provide appropriate treatment for a known disease, or unreasonable delay in treating a condition. The parties involved in a Medical Malpractice case are the Plaintiff, the Medical Malpractice Attorney, the Defense, and Expert Witnesses. The Plaintiff is often the patient, although an administrator or executor of the estate may also act as Plaintiff if the patient died as a result of the injury. Before a patient may file a Medical Malpractice case they must be able to prove that the physician or care provider failed to provide adequate care and this failure was the direct cause of the injury. The Plaintiff must also present proof of damages such as whether there are physical or emotional damages. For more details do visit us at Clinical Negligence.

Anonymous said...

i feel really sorry for the loss and I cannot possibly imagine how you must have felt knowing that “something” was wrong with your daughter when they were doing CPR and checking her EKG but you did not question them at the time because they told you that everything was fine and you believed it but still in the back of your head, you knew that something was wrong?
I am also sure that even though you took your daughter to the hospital because of a minor burn, which was of course not your fault because even when parents supervise their children, they still manage to reach up on a counter and manage to get their hands on very hot water. But I understand, you took her to the hospital for a very very minor burn because you did not want to see your daughter in pain. I’m also sure that after the first injection of sleeping medicine that the doctor gave your daughter, you probably did not tell the nurse that your daughter was still in pain and that the doctor should come back and take a look at her? Right? Because I’m sure you wouldn’t want the doctor to keep injecting your daughter with injection after injection? I have no idea why the doctor decided to get up from his SLEEP and walk on over to your daughter’s room??? Maybe he had a 6th sense that the first injection did not work. I’m sure the nurse did not bother him 10 MINUTES later again to see why your daughter was still crying, even if the nurse did bother the doctor, I’m sure you didn’t tell her to do so because of course you don’t want those lethal injections in your daughter.

Anonymous said...

And I’m going to end this with a reply to Dr. K Rashid who had similar some bad experiences at the same hospital in Pakistan. #1) do you really think that the training process for anesthesiologist in Pakistan is the same as the training of an anesthesiologist in United States? I hope not. #2) Are you a cardiologist? Because last I checked, cardiologist can open up your chest, take your heart out and replace it with another one and still keep you alive. They can also fix those tiny coronary vessels that an anesthesiologist would not be able even think about touching. #3) I’m sure that no one un United States ever ends up on dialysis because the doctors are OH ALL SO GREAT in U.S. I don’t know why they have dialysis machines in every hospital in U.S because obviously you make it sound like only people who were poorly handled in Pakistan end up on dialysis. I’m sure that your mom went to the doctor at an early age to get regular check up to prevent her diabetes, lipid problems and hypertension and eventually the renal failure, the heart problems and the eye problems. I’m sure that your mother was given all the wrong medicines because it is not possible that your mom was not compliant with her medicines. After all, since you are a doctor, you do know that #1 reason for failure of treatment in U.S is? Last I checked, it was pt. being non-compliant, then you add the fact that Pakistani ( desi ) tend to think that their uncle or cousin or friend of a friend knows more about their condition than the doctor does. Tell me that could not be the reason at all for things to go bad for any given person. #4) I’m sure investing $100,000 in the hospital was not the ONLY part of the deal. If that was the case, you could open a tiny clinic somewhere in Pakistan for a lot less, so why didn’t you? You do want to help people in Pakistan right? You don’t want to just make a lot of money in U.S and point at the mistakes that people on the other side of the world are making; Because you don’t know anything about them from that far away.

Anonymous said...

I know this is going to sound completely rude and heartless and part of it may be because I don’t have any children but do you think that you would not have complained if the picture was completely upside down? Don’t you think that you would have said that the doctor did not do anything for your daughter when she came in because of a big bad burn and she was crying over and over again and even though I asked them to call the doctor several time, the doctor did not do anything or did not do enough. Don’t you think that you would have complained that when your helpless daughter was lying there, no one even bothered to do an EKG/ECG, or bother to check her pulse? Wouldn’t you have said that the doctor did not even bother to perform a CPR and gave up without even trying as a direct, criminal neglect on doctor’s part resulted in your daughter’s death? Wouldn’t you have said that they didn’t even send a WARD BOY with you when you asked for someone to come along and explain? Wouldn’t you have said that even thought the doctors knew that she was in trouble; they did not even offer to send your daughter to a specialty hospital because they just didn’t care enough?

Anonymous said...

I can go on and on about all the posts on the website but I think I’ve been rude enough and I simply don’t have a lot more time than this to spend showing people the obvious mistakes they make and then blame everyone else around them.

Anonymous said...

wasnt it negligence on parents part that they kept hot water within the reach of their daughter? if parents had kept an eye on their daughter, she would never have burned herself and they would never have to take her to the hospital and they would never have to face the death of their daughter.

JSTBOOK said...

Does a Doctor’s mistake always constitute Medical Malpractice?

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