Can’t bring him back now but want answers: Mudasir Ali’s brother on medical negligence

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Srinagar: Jehangir Ali the brother of senior Journalist Mudasir Ali who passed away last week has said that the negligence of the medical professionals lead to death of the Greater Kashmir correspondent.

Jehangir who also is a journalist in a detailed post on Facebook wrote about his ordeal and sought answers.

Here is the text of his post:

“My brother passed away in my arms and the medical professionals who were supposed to use their knowledge to save him behaved worse than animals. We can’t bring him back now. But I want answers.

When Mudasir asked the doctor to give him oxygen, why were we told to take him to another ward in the upper storeys? Why didn’t he treat him there and then?

Crucial time was lost initially in waking the doctor, to the point that we almost broke the door of his room. The other hospital staff was sparsely present too.

Why wasn’t a stretcher or a chair available in a 100-bedded hospital to prevent more respiratory stress on a patient who was already gasping for breath?

Even as Mudasir collapsed, the doctor looked lost and unable to take quick decisions. He didn’t give him CPR. He only pressed his chest three or four times and then gave up. In that moment, I thought of taking over from the doctor myself to give him CPR.

But the events were happening so suddenly and so shockingly that I was confused and helpless. The doctor on duty wasn’t! Instead, he threatened me that the police has to be called to know what we had done to him!

I had to hold the arm of my brother myself so that they could find his vein for IV administration of drugs. Where were all the nurses and other staff who were supposed to do that?

These and many other questions remain unanswered. The BMO of the hospital is speaking lies to shied her doctor and herself from the culpability of my brother’s murder. This will be testified by the staff who attended to my bother.

I want answers. My family wants answers.” Jehangir lamented.

Talking to a local newspaper Greater Kashmir, BMO Chrar-e-Sharif, DrMastoora said the doctor on duty had followed the protocol and did the necessary medical interventions.

“An IV line was secured, and necessary drugs given before the patient was shifted to higher health center. Treating a massive heart attack was not in our domain that too when the patient reached us in a deteriorated condition,” she said.

The death of 37-year-old journalist sent shock waves across and was widely condoled by both his colleagues and others.

A native of Chrar-i-Sharif of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, Mudasir Ali was residing in Srinagar and had been a correspondent for the Greater Kashmir for over a decade besides regularly contributing for the prominent Indian news portal, The Wire. Mudasir Ali’s work also featured in international publications.

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