newsTimesLIVE reports that patients of a well-known Durban gynaecologist, who was attacked at a private hospital, feared for their lives as a savage assault played out in the reception area.  

The 51-year-old doctor was assaulted, allegedly by three family members of a patient who had died after surgery at Shifa Hospital in Overport on 24 February.  A patient recalled the following:  “I had come back from theatre after my own surgery and could hear the doctor trying to resuscitate the patient. She then went towards the reception and all I heard was ‘You killed my sister’. A man was shouting. There were screams and it sounded like a scuffle where someone was really being thrashed.”  The patient also heard the men threatening to burn down the hospital.  SA Medical Association (Sama) chair Dr Akhtar Hussain said the doctor had suffered severe facial injuries and broken bones.  A week later, she was still in intensive care.  Social media reports and several sources have claimed that the patient's two brothers and husband were behind the attack.  Hussain said there should be a full investigation into the security at the hospital and urged patients to reconsider going to Shifa hospital until it improved the safety of doctors and other medical staff.  The Lenmed Group, of which Shifa Hospital is a part, confirmed the incident, but declined to provide further details.  It confirmed that a case of common assault had been opened at Sydenham police station.

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