Pak Docs Killed My Wife: Wasim Akram

Wasim and Huma AkramCricket legend Wasim Akram has taken up his wife Huma’s death with Pakistan government which has ordered a three-member committee to investigate the medical care provided to her in Lahore.

Akram was neither happy nor satisfied with the attention provided to his wife by Pakistani doctors. Huma, 42, died at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai (India) on October 25 where she got admitted after developing complications in an air ambulance on her way to Singapore from Lahore.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed top federal health officials to investigate the causes of Huma Akram’s death, the Dawn newspaper reported.

“Wasim Akram has approached the prime minister and requested the government to help and investigate the circumstances which led to his wife’s death,” a top official of the federal government was quoted.

Huma Akram's burialOn the former captain’s complaint to the federal government and on the directives of the premier, the federal health ministry has formed a three-member committee comprising top medical professionals who will probe the causes of Huma Akram’s death. The federal health investigators have also been provided with a detailed eight-page medical report of the late Huma. The report also carries a death certificate issued by the Apollo Hospital along with Huma’s medical history. The enquiry team is expected to submit its findings within 10 days.
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  1. 10.12.2009: Doctors Suspended Over Huma Akram’s Death. Full Report Below:

    ISLAMABAD: Doctors blamed for the death of Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram’s wife have been suspended and had their practice licences cancelled, the health ministry announced on Thursday.

    Huma Akram, 42, died due to multiple organ failure in India on October 25 this year after she was airlifted to Chennai when her condition worsened in a hospital in Pakistan’s eastern city Lahore.

    Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had ordered an inquiry after former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim complained that poor medical facilities and negligence at the National Hospital and the Doctor’s Hospital in Lahore led to his wife’s death.

    ‘The licences of 17 doctors have been cancelled over negligence in the treatment of Wasim’s wife Huma,’ the ministry announced in a statement after a meeting of the National Assembly standing committee on health.

    Wasim told the committee the National Hospital charged 16.8 million rupees (200,000 dollars) for treatment and other charges to airlift the patient.

    Federal Health Minister Ijaz Jakhrani told reporters the investigation revealed Huma’s death was due to the negligence of the doctors.

    Wasim vowed to continue his fight to improve poor medical facilities which he believed contributed to his wife’s death.

    ‘I do not want any revenge because my wife cannot return,’ Wasim told AFP.

    ‘I want to launch a campaign against poor medical facilities and negligence so that such tragic deaths do not occur in future.’

    The move by the Health Ministry will be welcome news also to the parents of three-year-old girl Imanae Malik who recently fell victim to negligence at the hands of medical staff at the Doctor’s Hospital in Lahore.

    Wasim, who played 104 Tests and 356 one-day internationals for Pakistan, said he will announce the details soon.

    Wasim’s mentor Imran Khan, one of Pakistan’s most celebrated cricketers, built a cancer hospital in Lahore after his mother’s death in a similar bid to counter poor medical facilities in Pakistan.

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