On November 29, 2009 at 3 am in the morning my 3 year old daughter,
Imanae, spilt hot water on her wrist while playing with her friends (my friend's daughters) who were spending the Eid with us. My wife and I immediately took
her to Doctors Hospital and Medical Center in Johar Town, Lahore.
Although it was a very small burn, we chose to go to the hospital as
our baby was in a lot of pain and we wanted her hurt to go away as
quickly as possible.
At the hospital we were met by the emergency ward staff, who applied
an ointment on her hand.
When Imanae continued to cry because of the pain, the nurse called the doctor
on duty. I noticed when he walked into the room that he had
obviously been asleep and had just been woken up.
The doctor instructed the nurse to give Imanae an
injection, which we later found out was "DORMICUM". Imanae however continued to cry. Ten minutes later doctor instructed the nurse to repeat the injection dose... Then fifteen minutes
later, the sleepy doctor went to the pharmacy and bought some stuff, he then asked me to go and pay at the pharmacy... he then instructed the nurse to inject
Imanae with the 3rd injection, this time the injection was "PAVULON" which he bought from the hospital's pharmacy himself. This was the moment when my little
baby went silent and started losing consciousness. Just before she
totally passed out, she started calling out my name and saying
that everything was getting blurred and she couldn't see clearly... "Baba yeh kya hai, baba woh kon hai, baba woh kon aa raha hai"
Little did I know that these were the last words my daughter would
I asked the doctor what was happening to my daughter, he assured me
that she was FINE and was just SLEEPING, and left the room. I however
wasn’t satisfied and checked Imanae myself to see if I could
feel her breath or hear her heartbeat.
When I couldn't feel either of the two, I immediately informed
the nurse. She called the doctor again who used a Heart Beat
Monitor to examine Imanae. There was no reading on the monitor. I
asked the doctor what that signified and he told me that since the
monitor was intended for adult use, it could not detect my baby's heart
beat. I WISH I HAD ASKED HIM THEN WHY HE WAS USING IT ON MY HELPLESS
AND UNCONSCIOUS CHILD AND WASTING PRECIOUS TIME!!!
At this point, some other doctors present on duty at the hospital
joined him as well. They connected Imanae to an ECG machine, but
that too also only reported a straight line. My wife asked why the
line was straight but the doctors did not reply. They kept on stating
that she was fine and was just having some breathing problems. All the
doctors present on the scene, started conferring between themselves as
they continued to examine her. They continued to ignore our repeated
pleas on what was happening to our daughter.
They then started giving her CPR and it was at this point I
realised that my baby's life was in danger. The doctors however kept
reassuring us that she was fine. They continued conferring between
themselves and I was certain that something had gone
horribly wrong. Another 30 or so minutes passed in this torture and
confusion. They continued to reassure us that she was ok!!
IF SHE WAS OK, WHY WAS THERE NO PULSE ON THE ECG...WHY WAS THERE NO
HEARTBEAT...WHY WERE THEY GIVING HER CPR, IF SHE WAS OK.....WHY
Finally, one of the doctor told me that she was having difficulty
breathing and because Doctors Hospital did NOT HAVE a baby
Ventilator we should take her to some other hospital
before her condition worsened. They suggested we take her either
to Ittefaq hospital or to Fatima Memorial, or that we take her to Ward
23 of the Children's Hospital.
I asked them for an ambulance because she was connected to all kinds
of machines, but they told me that the ambulance was not available.
However, if we still wanted one...we would have to WAIT for half an
hour!!! My baby was not breathing and they wanted me to wait for half
I decided to take my dying Imanae in my own car and pleaded with
them to give me a doctor to accompany us to Children's Hospital. I did
not know what was wrong with her and wanted someone to come along and
explain what exactly her condition was. I wanted a list of injections
and other medicines given to her, to give to the doctors at Children's
Hospital. I wanted a copy of her ECG report.....
Nothing was given......and a WARD boy asked to go along.
It took us 15 minutes to reach Children's Hospital.....where we were
told that my 3 year old daughter...my only child...the light of my
life...my reason for living...was ALREADY DEAD!!
Apparently, I am not the only one who has had his life shattered by
this hospital. There are several similar incidents where Doctors
Hospital have dumped patients whose treatments they have botched, on
to other hospitals.
Please visit our "Other Victims" page for more examples of brutality of doctors hospital.
With your help, I have discovered several other cases that strongly indicate malpractice and gross negligence by this hospital.
If you are a victim of Doctors Hospital or know of someone who
suffered at their hands, please let us know so that we can put
it forward and bring the culprits to justice.