Two years have passed since the death of 21-year-old Iqra Ayub—who was wrongly diagnosed with hernia and died of cancer at SK Institute of Medical Sciences Soura—but her family is still waiting for justice and punishment to the erring doctors.
Hailing from Chadoora village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, Iqra’s family says though their daughter was suffering from cancer, she was treated for hernia at SKIMS.
Her mother, Hafeeza Bano, told Greater Kashmir that in November 2013, Iqra developed pain in abdomen following which they took her to sub-district hospital Chadoora and later shifted her to SKIMS for specialized treatment.
“I saw my daughter dying of pain every day. I many times told doctors at SKIMS that I will take her outside J&K for treatment, but they always said she was all alright and recovering,” she said. “She was diagnosed with hernia, not cancer.”
“After hernia was removed from her chest, she developed acute pain. The tests done at Pathology centre of SKIMS showed hernia when same samples were tested at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, which showed Iqra suffering from cancer,” said Hafeeza.
After her discharge from SKIMS, she again complained of pain and doctors there refused to carry out any post-surgery, saying she was “all well.”
“She was having acute pain after she got an excision of a mass developed in her chest; but doctors there (at SKIMS) said this pain was due to internal healings of her wound,” said Hafeeza.
She said not only her daughter was treated ‘carelessly’ at SKIMS, hundreds of patients there were suffering for want of proper medical attention.
“My daughter is not going to come back if this news is published in a newspaper. But I want other parents to know the kind of negligence doctors commit in treating patients there,” she told this reporter.
According to documents with Hafeeza, she has approached DIG Kashmir who on May 9, 2015 asked SSP Srinagar to enquire about the case. She has also lodged a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).
She said after the death of her daughter, “I many times met Director SKIMS regarding the issue, but he said he would form a committee to probe the negligence.”
“She qualified JK-CET in 2013 and wished to become a doctor to help poor and helpless people, but death shattered her dream,” she said.
Hafeeza said: “I will not remain silent till the killers of my daughter are booked under law. Today, it is me and tomorrow it can be anybody. I will not let it happen to others and will fight for justice,” she added.
Iqra was elder daughter of Muhammad Ayub of Chadoora who runs a bakery shop. She was studying in BA first year and was also selected in JKCET.
Director SKIMS, Showkat Zargar told Greater Kashmir that the lady was leveling “baseless allegations against us.”
“We have looked into the case and there has been no negligence from doctors’ side. The patient was treated well at the hospital,” he claimed.
SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar said: “I have to check this case before commenting on the issue.”