An elderly woman died after a former security guard impersonated a doctor and performed surgery on her at a hospital in Pakistan, authorities said on June 7.
Shameema Begum, 80, died on June 6, two weeks after Muhammed Waheed Butt performed surgery on her when she came to the Mayo Hospital in the city of Lahore to receive treatment for the boils on her back, police said.
Begum’s family paid Butt for the surgery and for follow-up home visits to dress her wounds. But when her condition worsened, they brought Begum back to the hospital and discovered the truth.
Butt performed surgery on Begum in an operating theater with a qualified technician present, but it was unclear what type of operation was involved, according to a hospital official.
“We can’t keep up with what every doctor and what everyone is doing at all times. It’s a large hospital,” the unnamed official told AFP News.
Hospital staff said that the guard was fired two years ago for attempting to extort money from patients.
“The guard has been charged and is in police custody,” Lahore Spokesperson Ali Safdar told AFP News, adding that Butt had previously posed as a doctor and made home visits to other patients.
Begum’s body is being held for an autopsy to determine if the botched surgery caused her death.
Impostors have previously attempted to cash in at public hospitals in Lahore.
Last May, a man posed as a doctor and tried to extort money from patients at Lahore General Hospital.
In 2016, a woman posed as a neurosurgeon for several months at Lahore’s Services Hospital.