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An extraordinarily kind and humble man, French surgeon Dr. Philippe Patenotre from Médecins du Monde or Doctors of the World is known for developing a special bond with his patients.
This is his fourth visit to Pakistan in the past two years under the MdM mission. Interestingly, he always volunteers to do his part of work in Pakistan. “Patients in Pakistan are very moving. They are so thankful and appreciative and give ultimate respect. It is rare to find such sentiments anywhere else in the world,” said Dr Phillipe in an interview to ‘The News’. It brought tears to his eyes when he described the affection and love he receives in Pakistan.
“He enjoys giving French names to his patients and also mingles up with them as if they were his family members. He neither visits any place nor does he attend any lunch or dinner. His team’s only objective is to perform as many surgeries as possible,” said Muhammad Khan Executive Director Acid Survivors Foundation.
MdM is an international humanitarian non-profit organization that provides emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable populations while advocating for equal access to healthcare worldwide. Founded in 1980 by a group of 15 French physicians, the MdM was formed with a mission to provide timely emergency medical care free of legal and administrative restrictions, to work with local populations to ensure long-term sustainability of healthcare systems, and to advocate on behalf of client populations. They started their work in Pakistan in 2005.
Under this initiative, a team of French doctors visit Pakistan for 10 days after every six months. Only during the latest visit, Dr Philippe performed 28 free surgeries on patients who could not afford the expensive treatment otherwise.
Head of the team of Pakistani doctors, who assist Dr Phillippe also spoke highly of the humbleness and hard work of the French team. “They start at 7:30am in the morning and continue till 8pm,” said Dr Tasneem of Rehnuma FPAP.
Talking about the hurdles he faces in treatment of his patients, mostly violence victims, Dr Phillippe said that on every visit, he finds improvement in all terms. Some cases he has dealt with were challenging though. “Back in France, I usually perform reconstruction procedures on patients of brain or breast cancer,” he said.
For him, the most challenging case was of acid burn victim Nazeeran. “She had 80 percent burns and I faced some disappointment at the start as her skin was not responding to surgeries as expected.”
Dr Philippe performed two major surgeries on Nazeeran involving multiple procedures. “I am glad that she has turned into a confident person leading a normal life.”
2nd consultation on Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2015 in KP organised by PCSW, chaired by Mrs Neelam Toru, in partnership with EU and in collaboration with ASF-Pakistan and GD Pakistan. 2 members of the HRCYT were there, Noor-Eva and Imane. Stay tuned!
SIALKOT: A woman, married for three weeks, died from acid consumption at the Daska Civil Hospital on Monday.
According to the City Daska police, 25-year-old Takreem Bibi, of neighbourhood Mughalpura, was brought to the hospital by her neighbours as her in-laws had forced her to swallow acid. Doctors said she died of internal injuries caused by acid intake.
Takreem was married to Imran Mughal about three weeks ago. Police said the woman was frequently beaten up by her in-laws for not arranging a good range of dowry.
Police said the in-laws fled the house.
This is the second incident in five days in Daska where a woman was killed over the dowry issue.
Earlier, Aneeba Shehzadi, 26, was allegedly poisoned to death by her husband Asadullah in village Behaaripur-Motra on Sept 24. She had died at the Daska Civil Hospital.
Police have yet to trace Asad and his family.
HONOUR KILLINGS: A local landlord and his two wives were shot dead on Monday allegedly by the family of his second wife for honour in village Dholleywali-Daska.
Daska Saddar police said Mushtaq Ghuman had three daughters from his first wife, Sajeela Firdous. Two years ago, Bahawalpur-based Gul Naz eloped with him and they both held a court marriage.
Gul Naz’s family developed a grudge against Gul Naz and Ghuman and would hurl threats on them.
On Monday, Gul Naz’s father Tariq, uncle Zia and nephew Khurram stormed Ghuman’s house in Dholleywali and shot dead Ghuman, Sajeela and Gul Naz. They fled the house on a motorcycle.
Daska Saddar police registered a triple murder case against Tariq, Zia and Khurram on the report of Mushtaq’s brother Ehsanullah.
Police shifted the bodies to Daska Civil Hospital for autopsy.
Superintendent of Police Irfan Tariq Khan said a special police team, led by inspector Muhammad Akhtar Cheema, was raiding places to arrest the suspects.
Also, in the Hajipura locality of Daska, 12-year-old Ameer Muaviya was gunned down at the home of his uncle Muhammad Ashfaq Rehmani.
Daska City police registered a case.
Published in Dawn September 29th, 2015