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Pilot’s Death for ‘Wrong Treatment’

Family demands action against United Hospital

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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A US female citizen has alleged that her brother Yousef Hassan Al Hindi, a pilot of a gulf air, has died due to wrong treatment and sheer negligence in United Hospital Limited in Bangladesh.

The woman, Tala Elhendy Josephano, who works for the British government, made the allegation at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in Dhaka on Monday.

The foreign citizen has demanded CCTV footage and exemplary punishment for those who provided wrong treatment for pilot Yousef.

She has also demanded cancellation of the licence of the leading private hospital.

Josephano, who has come here only to get justice for her brother’s death, said Yousef fell ill after arriving in Bangladesh and was admitted to the hospital on December 14 last year, where he died.

“On the information of his death, I came to Bangladesh and went to the hospital. I then asked for necessary documents from the hospital authorities, but they did not cooperate. They provided fake documents,” she said.     According to the foreign woman, Yousef was staying at Le Méridien Hotel on December 14, 2022.

He was scheduled to operate a Gulf Air flight early in the morning. He got up at 2:45am and got ready for the flight. Then, he started the process of immigration at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) around 4:10am. Later, he fell and became unresponsive.

He had his first cardiac arrest at the airport and then received five minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but gradually his blood pressure started to deteriorate.

Yousef was just then rushed to the United Hospital.

Josephano said, “My brother was drugged and put to sleep during the treatment process. Hospital authorities said he was treated by Dr Kaisar Nasir. However, our family could not find his name in the medical documents.”

“When asked about it, the authorities explained that it was omitted mistakenly. The cardiologist was consulted over the phone. He was not physically present with the patient,” she said.

On January 26, 2023, she asked for medical records and CCTV footage from the hospital, but the hospital authorities made fun of her and treated very rudely.

But, they provided some documents, which are false, after three days as she asked them that she would inform the US Embassy of the matter.

She said she inquired into the matter and found that there was no cardiologist in the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), but my brother was kept for a long time there after admission.

When contacted over phone, the hospital authorities have denied the allegation, saying that physicians provided proper treatment for pilot Yousef.