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More finger pointing
A plastic surgeon accusing a UAE hospital of negligence.
February 5, 2009 3:38 by Dana El Baltaji
Here’s yet another reason why we’d rather staple our hands to our desks than have surgery at a hospital in the UAE:
An American plastic surgeon is seeking AED15 million in compensation from UAE hospital for causing the death of his Emirati patient. The hospital had previously blamed him for women’s death, and his license was cancelled by the Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms). The doctor claims he has endured unnecessary financial, emotional and moral loss.
According to an article in Gulf News, he is taking the hospital to court for negligence and for blaming him for his patient’s death.
“On the day of the operation, a specialized doctor examined her and knew that she suffered [from] high blood pressure, but did not inform me. Before she was taken into the surgery room, the anesthesiologist re-examined her and discovered that she had high blood pressure, but also did not inform me. The operation was successful, but due to the high blood pressure, she bled … the patient died due to the doctors’ negligence and because she did not receive the proper medical care. Thereafter, Dohms cancelled my license because of malpractice which the hospital’s doctors committed,” the surgeon declared in his lawsuit.
The surgeon handed the court a medical report that confirmed that his patient died due to the carelessness of the hospital’s doctors.
“The cancellation of my license has cost me a lot … [I’ve] lost too many patients who were still in need of my consultations and prescriptions.”