Woman, 80, dies after guard pretends to be a doctor and performs surgery on her in Pakistan hospital

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Hospital patient, 80, dies after guard pretends to be a doctor and operated on her in Pakistan

  • Shameema Begum died on Sunday two weeks after Muhammad Waheed Butt tried to treat her back wound at a public hospital in the eastern city of Lahore.
  • An official said: ‘We can’t keep up with every doctor… It’s a big hospital’
  • Butt had received payment from the victim’s family before performing the surgery

An 80-year-old hospital patient has died after a guard pretended to be a doctor and operated on her in Pakistan.

Shameema Begum died on Sunday two weeks after Muhammad Waheed Butt tried to treat her back wound at Mayo Hospital in Lahore.

Butt, who has been charged and is in police custody, received payment from her family before performing the surgery in an operating room, which was also attended by a qualified technician.

‘We can’t always keep up with what every doctor and everyone is doing. It’s a big hospital,” explains a hospital official, who does not want to be named.

Lahore's Mayo Hospital, a public hospital in eastern Pakistan.  Pakistan's public hospitals, where people have to pay money for treatment, are often inefficient and chaotic.

Lahore’s Mayo Hospital, a public hospital in eastern Pakistan. Pakistan’s public hospitals, where people have to pay money for treatment, are often inefficient and chaotic.

Police said the guard was also accused of impersonating a doctor on other occasions, even making home visits to patients.

The hospital claimed the guard was fired two years ago for trying to extort money from patients.

Pakistan’s public hospitals, where people have to pay money for treatment, are often inefficient and chaotic.

Begum’s family paid Butt for the surgery and two more home visits to tend to her wound.

But as the bleeding and pain worsened, her family took her back to the hospital, where they learned what had happened.

Her body is being kept for autopsy to determine if her death was the result of complications from the botched surgery.

“The guard has been charged and is in police custody,” Lahore police spokesman Ali Safdar told AFP.

“Butt had masqueraded as a doctor in the past and has made home visits to other patients in the past.”

Earlier in May, a man was arrested for posing as a doctor at Lahore General Hospital and extorting money from patients in the surgical ward.

In 2016, it was revealed that a woman posing as a neurosurgeon performed operations for eight months alongside qualified doctors at Lahore’s Services Hospital, the second largest health facility in Pakistan.

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