THE Chief Executive of a London hospital – Averil Dongworth – has told media that an investigation would be launched “as a matter of urgency” after a Muslim couple – Murad Ali and Tamseel Fatimah – were told by a nurse that faith in Allah was the answer to their daughter’s serious medical problem.
According to this report, Sanam Murad, aged 2, had been taken by ambulance to the Romford hospital with respiratory problems last December.
Ali, 39, said his daughter was in obvious “respiratory distress” but staff at the emergency unit – which was this month found by a watchdog to be compromising patients’ safety – tried to send her home.
He claims the couple were told by staff the hospital was “short of doctors”.
Sanam was eventually moved onto children’s wards for treatment, where her condition continued to worsen.
Suddenly I saw my daughter turning blue with froth coming from her mouth, I shouted at the [nurses’] counter about her condition. At this, one of the nurses on duty told me to be a good Muslim and leave the control to Allah.
The nurse said she was Muslim. I am a Muslim but I do not expect a nurse to say this when my daughter needs medical help. It’s not professional.
Sanam was stabilised by senior doctors before being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital, in central London, where she spent two days in intensive care.
Ali said the “lack of compassion, ignorance towards the parents’ concern [and] lack of enthusiasm” by some staff had put his daughter’s “life at risk”.
Hat tip: Stephen Mynett & BarrieJohn