After he was declared COVID-19 positive, his family members pleaded with medical staff not to shift him to CD Hospital
Abrar Reyaz a very young and dynamic friend of ours got seriously injured few days back while travelling in a car along with his father and uncle. The three got grievously injured near Pampore when their car collided with Tipper. Abrar’s uncle died on way to hospital, his father is still struggling between life and death while Abrar left to heavenly abode on Wednesday at 11:00 am.
Abrar’s death created void and pain among his friends and family members. His loss is innumerable to bear which will hunt us through whole of our lives as he was too young to die. His death makes even those eyes moist who did not know him personally.
When Abrar got injured he was taken to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar for treatment as he had grave head injuries. Such type of injuries need neurologists and critical care specialists which are experts in dealing with such type of patients. A day later Abrar was declared COVID-19 positive and in sheer negligence and foolishness on the part of those who that time were treating our friend shifted him to Chest and Disease (CD) Hospital in Srinagar which is specially meant for tuberculoses. The first priority for doctors at SMHS should have been to treat him for head injuries, which SMHS is well equipped with, but due to sheer unprofessionalism they shift him to CD Hospital, which became the cause of his death.
Medical profession is the noblest of all the other professions as it is the one who treats the ill and saves life. The most precious of all the other assets in this universe in the life of a human and the most important of all is human life. A patient or his attendants when approach a doctor/hospital, they approach on the basis of its reputation. Expectations of a patient are twofold: doctors and hospitals are expected to provide medical treatment with all their knowledge, experience, knowhow, skill and facilities at their command while discharging and providing treatment to the patient, they are duty bound, responsible towards the patient, his attendants and also towards the Almighty.
Life and death is in the hands of Almighty Allah but that doesn’t mean a doctor let patient die due to his reckless and cunning attitude. Rather he/she should do all possible means to save human life by applying his knowledge and skill in the most appropriate manner keeping in mind that the patient and attendant has entrusted a life and hopes on him after Almighty.
Therefore, it is expected that a doctor in case of emergency obtains consent from patient’s attendants before moving him to another hospital, major treatment, surgical operation or even invasive investigation. Failure of a doctor and hospital to discharge this obligation is essentially a tortuous liability. A tort is a civil wrong that attracts judicial intervention.
When Abrar was declared COVID-19 positive his friends and family members pleaded before the medical staff not to shift him to CD Hospital. Even a layman with common sense can say that Abrar that time needed neurosurgeon than a pulmonologists.
Abrar was our friend for a very long time as he was a prolific writer and a budding intellectual. He mostly wrote for Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Life and other online and reputed newspapers. He was very much concerned about the happenings in Kashmir and mostly wrote on issues related to law as he was one of the brilliant students of Law Department of Central University of Kashmir. He had deep knowledge and understanding of law related matters and issues. He participated in two international moot court conferences one held in Germany and another in Nuremberg.
Abrar was very much loved by the friends and family members. His death has shattered his family and makes every eye moist. We pray to Almighty Allah to grant our dear friend Abrar highest place in Jannah and give patience to the family to bear this innumerable loss and make things easy for them.
We also appeal the higher authorities to investigate the cause of death and negligence on part of concerned doctors and if found guilty be dismissed from the service so that precious human lives can be saved.
Authors are research scholars