The Sadiqabad-based taxi driver who came to the public’s attention last month when he was airlifted on a Pakistan Army helicopter to Lahore for treatment on special directives of army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa lost his life on Monday due to mayhem in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a local hospital.
55-year-old Noorul Hassan, weighing 330 kg, had recently undergone treatment for health complications caused by obesity.
According to the details, a female patient had passed away in the same ICU ward as Noorul Hassan after which her relatives reached the hospital and created uproar and allegedly used violence against the hospital staff.
Additional medical superintendents (AMS) Dr Rizwan and Dr Nayar said that relatives of the female patient had broken windows, switched ventilators off and hit doctors. During this, the nurses left the ICU.
“In the chaos that ensued, Noor and a second patient died “due to the unavailability of staff”,” said Dr Maazul Hassan, a surgeon at the hospital, adding that Noor was feeling unwell but was left unattended for nearly an hour as the staff tried to stop the dead patient’s relatives from wreaking further havoc.
“The staff attempted to resuscitate him but were unable to successfully to do so,” he said while telling that Noor’s death had occurred at 8:15 am.
A spokesperson for the hospital said that they were investigating the incident and needed to look at CCTV footage.
The spokesperson said that everyone was trying to save themselves from the violence. “You can’t directly blame anyone, but staff should have been present,” he said.
A spokesperson for the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) confirmed the deaths while announcing that a three-member committee had been formed that had started investigations.
Dr Maaz said that just yesterday, Noor’s family had shared the positive progress his health had made and that the patient had been kept on elective ventilation due to breathing problems so that he could be discharged after a week or so.
Noor’s son said that doctors were not responsible for his father’s death. He said that Noor was to be removed from the ventilator today. His wife added that doctors had said that her husband had suffered a heart attack.