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Posted On: 25 November 2014 07:28 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:52 pm

Expat doctors acquitted of negligence charges in Qatar

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Two expat doctors have been acquitted of charges that they caused a Qatari woman to go blind and become paralysed, according to Arabic daily Arrayah.

The brother of the patient had alleged that a Jordanian consultant physician and a Sudanese doctor working at Hamad General Hospital had caused the woman’s condition to deteriorate through negligence.

The woman was twice taken to the hospital complaining of severe stomach pain and was sent home with medication on both occasions, according to the brother.

When she continued to complain of pain, he told the court he took her to a private clinic. Following tests, the clinic referred her to the hospital for immediate surgery.

However, the hospital doctors again gave her medication and said the surgery would be done only if her condition did not improve.

Eventually, her condition worsened and she underwent the surgery, which was not successful, Arrayah said.

A forensic medical report carried out for the court could not determine if the outcome was a result of negligence by delaying the surgery or a normal development of her illness.

The doctors pleaded not guilty to the charges and were acquitted.