LAHORE: Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram's wife Huma, who died in a Chennai hospital two days ago, was reportedly flown out of the country against
A file photo of Wasim Akram's wife Huma Akram. (TOI)
The physicians are of the view that the decision proved fatal as Huma was not in a condition to be allowed by any doctor to travel abroad for treatment.
"A panel of 10 senior doctors of three hospitals in Lahore had advised Wasim Akram not to take her abroad to Singapore in view of her serious health condition," said one of the physicians, who did not wish to be named.
Huma died in a hospital in Chennai on Sunday and was buried here on Monday.
According to Huma's physician at the National Defence Hospital in Lahore, she developed a throat infection and a dry cough after undergoing dental treatment in Karachi in September.
She got herself treated for this but developed an infection in the kidneys in the first week of October.
It was then diagnosed that Huma had developed acute renal failure and her white cell count was increasing.
The other complications developed by Huma, a psychologist by profession, reportedly included severe infection of the kidneys with acute tubular necrosis, vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels), and pulmonary hypertension (high pressure of blood vessels in lungs).
"She was improving clinically when Akram decided to take her abroad because he and his relatives thought there are better health facilities in Singapore," the physician said.
Akram told the doctors that he was under "immense pressure" from his in-laws to get Huma treated abroad, the physician added.
Another doctor who treated Huma said the family was unsatisfied with her treatment as they thought there was some "confusion" about her diagnosis.
The air ambulance carrying Huma from Lahore to Singapore had to be diverted to Chennai when her condition worsened and she was rushed to Apollo Hospital.
Munidar Rao of Apollo Hospital told a Pakistani news channel that when Huma was brought to the hospital, she was in septic shock and this led to multiple organ failure.
"I fail to understand as to why she was being shifted to Singapore in such a critical condition," he said.
Javed Akram, Principal of Allama Iqbal Medical College and a professor of medicine, too questioned the move to take Huma abroad as there is no surgery, procedure, doctor or medicine that is available in Singapore and not in Lahore.
"I think unnecessary shifting of Huma from Pakistan in a critical condition caused her death," Javed Akram opined.