Abrar Riyaz’s Death: Family Alleges Hospital Negligence

by Khalid Bashir Gura

SRINAGAR: Abrar Reyaz, 24,  who passed away on Tuesday, had met with an accident three days ago near Pampore.

He was admitted at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital on the same evening.   He was under the treatment of critical care specialists. According to doctors, he suffered from serious head injuries.

Abrar Reyaz

On Monday he was declared Covid-19 positive and as such was shifted to a Chest Diseases Hospital.

“It is ironical that Abrar was shifted to the Chest Diseases hospital even though he was a trauma case and should have been treated by neurosurgeons at SKIMS instead at a Covid-19 hospital,” said one of the senior doctors on the conditions of anonymity. The doctor wondered at the carelessness of the hospital administration.

“We tried our best to get him shifted to SKIMS but apparently there was no ventilator available there”.

At around 8 pm Monday, Abrar was eventually shifted to a hospital in critical care ambulance in which an oxygen pump had to be manually operated,” said his friends and family.

According to family and friends, Abrar was showing slight improvement lately but once the tests of Covid-19 revealed that he was positive the hospital authorities shifted him to CD hospital much to everyone’s surprise.

Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, Principal, Dr Saima Rashid said: “The patient had a head injury and was seen in the neurosurgery department and later in surgical ICU. As we were suspecting him to be Covid positive we wanted him to be shifted to neurosurgery, SKIMS, Soura.”

“He died because of the underline illness he had,” she said.

Doctors Association Kashmir President, Dr Suhail Naik condemned the death of the young student because of administrative apathy.

“If the patient had a head injury and he is a Covid-19 positive he should have been treated at a multispecialty holistic management hospital which is SKIMS, Soura rather than referring him to chest disease hospital,” he said.

Accident

On the evening of June, 27, the car bearing number JK22/9260 and tripper bearing number JK01T/6929 had collided with each other near HP plant Galander area of Pampore in which three persons, a father-son duo and driver of Maruti were critically injured.

The injured were shifted to Sub-district Hospital Pampore where they were referred to SMHS Srinagar for specialized treatment.  The driver succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased driver relative of Abrar Reyaz was identified as Wase Ahmad Peerzada, 48, son of Najafuddin resident of Taka Mohalla Shopian.

Abrar’d father, Riyaz Ahmad Sofi (55) is admitted at SMHS presently.

Abrar besides a student was an avid social media user and prolific writer. Besides that, he was a blogger and columnist. He has participated in two international moot court competitions – Nuremberg Moot Court and International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court – former being held in Germany, in which teams from more than sixty countries participated.

Besides, Abrar has interned at District & Sessions Court, Shopian and District and Sessions Court, Srinagar.

Some of his writings and opinion pieces have been published in  Quint, CounterCurrents, Oracle Opinions, Kashmir Life and in different local newspapers including – Rising Kashmir, Kashmir Reader, The Kashmir Images, Kashmir Observer and elsewhere. He would post and tweet regularly on social media.

Few days’ back Abrar had posted on his Facebook: “Today, by the blessings of Almighty, I became 24 years old. Wish me strength, courage, patience, health, Imaan (faith) and more importantly peace of mind and heart, to fight all odds, tribulations and trials. Wishes, prayers and blessings.”

I pray for his eternal peace.

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