Husband makes emotional appeal after lady doctor ‘harasses’ pregnant wife

Srinagar, Sep 10: A man made an emotional appeal to the health officials after a lady doctor posted at the MCH Anantnag allegedly refused to treat his pregnant wife when the couple refused her private surgery offer.

In a video appeal that is doing rounds on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, Bilal Ahmad Khanday, of Halwan village of Nagbal, Seer in Anantnag district alleged that a lady doctor refused to treat his pregnant wife because the couple did not pay them Rs 20,000 she had sought for the surgery.

Narrating the sequence of events, Khanday said that Dr Shaheena Katoo was treating his wife ever since she conceived early this year. He said as the delivery date came closer, the doctor told him that his wife has to undergo surgery which will be held at her private clinic.

“Initially, she demanded Rs 30,000 for the surgery. I pleaded before her that I am a poor man after which she settled for Rs 20, 000,” Khanday said, adding “Dr Shaheena told me to admit my wife for surgery on Wednesday,”

However, before he could take his wife for surgery, Khanday says, his wife developed complications forcing him to take her to Seer hospital.

“From there, I went to district Sheerbagh Anantnag hospital. When Dr Shaheena came to the ward, she identified me and my pregnant wife. She had a cursory look at my wife and said that her baby has died in the womb,” Khanday alleged.

He said that the lady doctor also refused to treat his wife even after making a false claim of dead baby.

“I held her feet and requested her to save my wife, if my baby was dead. She didn’t listen. Instead, she referred my wife to Lal Ded hospital in Srinagar,” Khanday said.

At the LD hospital, Khanday said that the doctors were puzzled to know that Dr Shaheena had advised surgery and had called the baby dead.

“My wife had a normal delivery. She was taken very well care by the doctors and the staff there,” Khanday said, adding “Dr Shaheena made false claims that my baby was dead because she didn’t get the money. Doctors like her are a blot to medical fraternity and a threat to the society,”

Dr Shaheena Katoo could not be reached for comments because both of her mobile phones were switched off.

However, when contacted Medical Superintendent, MCH Sheerbagh, Anantnag, Dr Mohammad Yousf Zagoo refuted the allegations against the lady doctor. Instead, he blamed husband of the pregnant wife for creating the nuisance.

The medical superintendent also asked the patient to visit his office and file a complaint against the lady doctor so that action is initiated.

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