Medical malpractice Curable disease kills 15 year old English girl15 May 2012
We always have faith in our doctors, and hope in them, that they are offering advice that is in our best interest. But what happens when more than one doctor gets it so dead wrong? That's what grieving father, Sultan Sarag, from Birmingham in the UK is facing right now…
Sultan's daughter, 15 year old Alina Sarag, died in January last year from a cardiac arrest, which was directly related to an undiagnosed bout of tuberculosis (TB). Alina had previously contracted TB, but was treated with antibiotics, and recovered.
TB is a fairly treatable bacterial infection that affects the lungs. In the early 1900's, it was a large cause of death, but with today's vaccinations and knowledge of the illness, it is far less common, but still exists more frequently in third world countries.
Shortly after returning from a family trip to Pakistan in 2010, Alina began to show signs of being unwell. Despite countless visits to their family GP, medical centres and hospitals, doctors failed to correctly diagnose her. Her father says that he contacted their family GP more than 50 times, but the calls went unanswered.
During Alina's last four months of hell on earth, she lost weight, was vomiting up to ten times a day, at times, could only tolerate baby food and had to be carried to bed because she was so weak.
Alina's family is blaming the medical profession for being guilty of mass negligence, and this shocking case is being investigated by the coroner's court.
After numerous tests, and being aware that Alina had previously suffered from TB, doctors continued to ignore the signs, and put her symptoms down to a chest infection. They even neglected to perform a simple phlegm test, which would've undoubtedly picked up the reason for her sickness straight away, allowing her to be effectively treated and cured.
Doctors even went so far as to suggest that Alina was suffering from Bulimia or that she had met a boy in Pakistan and was simply ‘lovesick' and advised that she visit a psychiatrist or spiritual healer. During the inquest, Alina's father told the court, through tears, that she was most upset about the accusations that she was mentally ill, and all of her problems were just in her head.
Sultan feels that the whole medical profession is involved in covering up the unfortunate circumstances that have affected him, his daughter, and his entire family, changing their lives forever.
Shortly before she died, Alina did visit a psychologist, but was too unwell, and suffering from too much pain to be able to complete her mental assessment.
The inquest into this tragic story continues, and although they will never get their daughter back, hopefully, the Sarag family will be reassured that this type of malpractice can be avoided in the future and can stop it from happening to anyone else.
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