BY JAVED ZAHEER
professionals consider themselves genius and no doubt most of them are.
Also, there are some who make you crazy. Unfortunately, their numbers are
increasing fast due to various reasons. Collection of examples would turn
into volumes of books. The suffering in many shapes is rising to an
alarming level and endangering human lives but such doctors, mostly family
physicians, damn care. They consider themselves fully secured because they
are well protected by the powerful medical bodies. Even their biggest and
gravest mistakes are technically, tactically and beautifully covered up.
The ‘UNITY’ is visible, with ethics, rules and regulations
My friend’s son, Affan Ali
Khan, is in Grade-4 in Thorncliffe Park Public School. On January 03, 2005
(the first day of the school after vacation), the nine-year-old boy
injured his right hand while playing during lunch break. The school
officials tried to contact the parents but succeeded only after some
hours. At 2 P.M., Nasir Fahim Khan, father of the boy, rushed to the
school and saw the boy in great pain. He took him to the clinic in the
nearby mall. It is not understood as to why the boy was not sent
immediately to the nearest hospital by the school officials, keeping in
view the nature of injury.
As usual, after long wait the
family doctor finally saw the boy, who was groaning with the increasing
pain. X-ray was advised. The X-ray facility is in the mall as well but the
doctor plainly told Nasir that he was not satisfied with X-rays taken here
and that he should go somewhere else and get the X-ray done.
When Nasir asked the doctor what
after that, he said bring the X-ray here and if it shows fracture then the
boy will have to be taken to the emergency department of the nearest
hospital. Nasir was baffled and started cursing himself for wasting so
much time and giving so much pain to the boy. The doctor’s shocking
attitude surprised him.
Without wasting any further time and saying even thank you to the
doctor, he took the boy to the Toronto East General Hospital. The X-ray
showed the right hand was broken. For about a month, the boy could not go
to the school. Now he is fully fit.
My sister-in-law, Rana Tariq, is
a chronic arthritis patient. Last month, she was affected by severe cold.
She kept visiting the family physician but there was no improvement. The
medicines were not working. She had to argue with the doctor to do more
tests and X-rays to diagnose the disease. The X-ray and tests revealed
that she had pneumonia. She took antibiotics and continued the arthritis
medicines as well.
She got well but after some days
again fell sick. The pneumonia worsened.
Mewa, the specialist treating her arthritis, said had he known her
condition he would have stopped the arthritis medicines till the pneumonia
treatment was continuing. Now he has stopped her medicines so that
pneumonia treatment could work.
She is in great pain and needs
immediate attention but could not get appointment with the specialist. The
staff shows no mercy or concern and just follow the rules like ROBOT,
irrespective of suffering and condition of the patients. Now she will have
to wait for few days and bear all the pain and torture before she could
get attention of the doctor. Such attitude and approach of some doctors
and staff in Thorncliffe Park Drive area’s Overlea Mall is common. Their
behaviour indeed is shocking.
am one of the lucky ones who survived to write this story otherwise I
would have been dead long ago. This is happening for a long time. In 1999,
one doctor, who is still working here, after thoroughly checking me
including hammering of joints, declared me a chronic arthritis patient.
When I tried to say something he silenced me by saying: “I am a doctor
and know better what I am doing.” I was not satisfied at all and knew
that his diagnosis was wrong. My experience as editor of some leading
medical journals in Pakistan helped me to understand the situation.
After some days I again went to
the clinic and took appointment with another doctor. Instead of listening
to me and diagnosing the problem, he too tried to defend his colleague,
which angered me more. Without giving him any chance to send me back, I
pulled my pants down in anger and asked the doctor to tell me why there is
severe and intolerable pain in my left leg. When he saw the leg, he said:
“It is Herpes”. I then said: “For God’s sake please don’t treat
me as a guinea pig. Stop experimenting on me as an arthritis patient. I
knew it was Herpes but I wanted to tell you and hear from you all.”
treated my Herpes and I got well soon.
Just imagine what would have
happened if I had started the chronic arthritis treatment. Is it not a
serious crime to play with human lives? Such professionals are worse than
criminals, because they don’t listen and do whatever they like.
One of the doctors even said
that I was not a heart patient and behaved very rudely whereas after only
some days it was found that I needed quadruple bypass. Despite knowing my
condition and his wrong judgment, he never regretted. The expression on
his face showed that my skin colour did not suit his eyes.
Whether specialists or family
physicians, they must listen to the patients as well. Most of them behave
badly with patients. They must learn to respect the patients.
The conclusion is to never
always trust the doctors and allow them to play with your lives. One must
always cooperate with the doctors for better treatment but not with
humiliation and insults. The South Asians particularly are usually treated
badly and considered uncivilized, illiterate and troublemakers. This is
what I keep observing in our area. The attitude and approach must change.
South Asians too are respectable people and not slaves or guinea pigs. The
government must take serious notice of such happenings and action against
the responsible officials.