Father blames medical negligence for daughter's death
Published Thursday 10/05/2012 (updated) 11/05/2012 12:19
Aya al-Froukh died after undergoing
stomach reduction surgery.
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A man from Hebron says medical negligence led to his daughter's death on Saturday, four days after she underwent stomach reduction surgery.
Aya al-Froukh, from Sair east of Hebron, suffered stomach pains and in April made an appointment to see a doctor whose services were advertised on a banner at Al-Quds University where she studied.
At her appointment, the doctor offered her a stomach reduction surgery and said it was a simple solution to her obesity, her father told Ma'an.
Aya was told the hour-long procedure would cost 18,000 shekels ($4,700) and would make her slim, her father said.
He said Aya underwent the surgery on May 1 and was discharged from hospital the same day despite complaining of pain.
Her health deteriorated in the days after the surgery and her father said he called the doctor several times. The surgeon dismissed his concerns and said Aya was overindulged, he added.
On May 5, Aya fell unconscious. She was taken to al-Ahli government hospital in Hebron where she died.
Her father informed police of Aya's death and prosecutors have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
"She died but my family now suffers and our joys have turned to sorrows. I pray that no other Aya will be a victim of medical negligence," he said.
"I call on all Palestinian officials and decision makers to severely punish the doctor who killed my daughter, because human life is precious."