Elderly woman dies after hospital guard poses as doctor and performs surgery

An 80-year-old woman died after a former security guard posed as a doctor and performed surgery on her, police say.

Shameema Begum died on Sunday, two weeks after Muhammad Waheed Butt performed the procedure on the wound at a public hospital in Lahore, Pakistan.

Pakistan’s public hospitals, where patients are required to pay towards treatment, are often inefficient according to local reports.

A Lahore's Mayo hospital administration worker said: “We can’t keep up with what every doctor and what everyone is doing at all times. It’s a large hospital."

Begum's family had reportedly paid for the treatment and had two further home visits to dress her wound.

They added that it was unclear what type of surgery the impostor had performed in the operating theatre, but a qualified technician was also present.

However, while she was at home the bleeding and pain worsened and she was forced to return to the hospital where they discovered what had happened.

Lahore Police spokesperson, Ali Safdar said: “The guard has been charged and is in police custody. Butt had posed as a doctor and made home visits to other patients in the past also.”

Her body is being kept for an autopsy as authorities continue to investigate whether her death was caused by the botched surgery.

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Butt was allegedly fired two years ago for trying to extort money from patients in the second largest health facility in Pakistan.

Earlier in May, another man was arrested for posing as a doctor at Lahore general hospital and extorting money from patients in the surgical ward.

In 2016, it was revealed that a woman posing as a neurosurgeon had been conducting operations for eight months alongside qualified doctors at the same hospital.

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