LAHORE: Huma Wasim, the wife of legendary cricketer Wasim Akram, was taken abroad against the advice of physicians treating her here.
‘A panel of 10 senior doctors of three private hospitals of Lahore were not in favour of taking Huma abroad (Singapore) keeping in view her serious condition,’ one of her physicians told Dawn on Monday.
The physician said that after going under dental treatment in Karachi in September last, she developed throat infection and also had dry cough.
She got the treatment and in the first week of October it was diagnosed that she had developed acute renal failure and her white cell count was increasing, he said.
According to him, the other complications Huma developed during the period reportedly were severe infections of kidney with acute tubular necrosis, vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels), SIRS and pulmonary hypertension (high pressure of blood vessels of lungs).
‘She was improving clinically when Wasim Akram decided to shift her to Singapore for better treatment,’ the physician claimed and added that Akram told one of the doctors that he was under ‘immense pressure’ from his in-laws to get her treated abroad.
Another doctor who examined Huma told this reporter that there was ‘some confusion’ in her diagnosis and this could be one of the reasons behind shifting her abroad.
The air ambulance carrying her from Lahore to Singapore had to stop in Chennai when her condition worsened.
Dr Munidar Rao of Apollo Hospital (Chennai) told a private channel on Monday that when Huma was brought to the hospital she was in septic shock leading to multiple organ failure and doctors could not save her.
‘I failed to understand as to why she was being shifted to Singapore in such a critical condition,’ he said.
Allama Iqbal Medical College Principal Dr Javed Akram has also questioned the move saying that there was no particular surgery, procedure, or medicine which was available in Singapore and not in Lahore in the case of Ms Huma.