Pakistan doctor ordered to make rare compensation payout (dpa German Press Agency)

Islamabad (dpa) – A Pakistani doctor was ordered to pay just over 47
million rupees (460,000 dollars) to the family of a baby girl for
permanently damaging her liver, in a rare instance of medical
compensation in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.

The Consumer Court in the eastern city of Lahore late Monday found
the doctor, Tahir Masood, liable for negligence in treating the
one-month-old infant, said Shahid Abbas of the state-run Consumer
Protection Council.

“It is the biggest compensation ordered by a consumer court in a case
of medical negligence in Pakistan,” said Abbas, describing it as a
“landmark case.”

Masood diagnosed the baby with jaundice in June 2007, prescribed
medicines and further tests and said he expected a full recovery.

The court found that excessive dosages of medicine and repeated tests
permanently damaged her liver. The girl was transferred to a hospital
in Britain where she was given a liver transplant.

The compensation ordered by the court covered medical bills, travel
and the living cost of the parents in Britain as well as legal costs,
said Abbas.

The court also ordered an investigation into whether Masood posed a
threat to the public.