Hospital care wins son's heart

DUBAI -There is a perception in the UAE and the Gulf region in general that medical treatment abroad can guarantee a better outcome than local hospitals and doctors can.

By Hani M Bathish

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Published: Thu 20 May 2004, 9:54 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:25 PM

One UAE national, at least, disagrees with that assessment.

Ameer saw with his own eyes how his healthy active mother went to Pakistan for a routine liposuction operation and endured one month of pain and agony before coming back to Dubai's Rashid Hospital to recover.

"Although my mother is recovering she is still being given antibiotics for a bacterial infection in her blood and a fungal infection from the bed sores she developed. I would like to thank Rashid Hospital and all the doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit for their efforts and their excellent care of my mother. This hospital has given my mother the best medical care she could have had anywhere in the world," Mr Ameer said.

Khaleej Times reported on this case in its May 6 issue, how the botched operation left Anisa A. Q. Bin Hendi, a 65-year-old UAE national, bed-ridden suffering life-threatening complications including heart and lung problems and serious infections.

A Pakistan-based publication carried a report on May 7 quoting the Khaleej Times report and an interview with Dr Faiz Mohammed Khan, from the Plastic Surgery and General Hospital in Karachi, where the liposuction procedure was carried out. In it Dr Faiz denied he had removed 26 kg of fat from the elderly patient insisting he only removed 18 kg. He also said the patient's family were not cooperative with him during that time.

Mr Ameer said that it was the surgery and poor post-operative care provided to his mother in Pakistan that led to the deterioration of her health, pointing out that the doctors at the plastic surgery and general hospital should not have consented to carry out such a complex operation on a woman of his mother's advanced years.

"The doctors and nurses at Rashid Hospital have done an excellent job with my mother, they give her the appropriate medicines and groom her every day, they even wash her hair every day. They have even installed an aluminium bar above her bed so she can do some mild exercises to keep active. The difference in services, facilities and medical care between Rashid Hospital and the hospital in Pakistan is so vast, like the difference between heaven and hell. I do not understand why people travel abroad for treatment when they can get the best medical care possible in Dubai, at Rashid Hospital," Mr Ameer said.

He said that he is considering taking legal action against the hospital in Pakistan.

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