Dr Fawad Mumtaz, the doctor who allegedly performed an illegal kidney surgery on comedian Omer Shareef’s daughter Hira Omer that resulted in her death, is on the run.
According to the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) initial probe, Dr Fawad fled from his house after Hira Omer’s death and the team is currently locating his whereabouts.
“Dr Fawad already has a history of illegal kidney transplants and an FIR has been lodged against him. According to initial information, around Rs3.4 million were given to Dr Fawad Mumtaz for Hira’s kidney transplant. The operation was held in Rawalpindi at an unknown location,” a Punjab Human Organ Transplant Authority (PHOTA) official said.
“Omer Sharif is a prominent name and the authorities will do their best to arrest Dr Fawad. They will also try to retrieve the amount that Fawad received for Hira’s transplant. Dr Fawad was also arrested by the Faisalabad police 10 days ago over a similar matter. He got out on bail,” he said.
It may be mentioned here that Shareef’s son Jawad Umer had submitted an application to PHOTA, claiming that his sister’s death was caused by Dr Fawad Mumtaz’s unprofessional and criminal act.
The authority has set up a four-member committee under the supervision of Deputy Director Vigilance Dr Adnan Bhatti to probe the matter in this regard.
Hira Omer, daughter of renowned Pakistani actor and comedian Omer Shareef, died on Tuesday due to complications that arose after the alleged botched surgery.
Her family said that the doctor and his medical staff conducted illegal transplantation of Hira’s kidney without permission or need to do so.
She had been under treatment at a private clinic in Azad Kashmir for around three weeks but was shifted to a hospital in Lahore last week after her health deteriorated after the transplant.
The deceased’s family also revealed that Dr Fawad had charged them Rs3.4 million for a ‘new kidney’.