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Prosecutors order inquiry into death of Qatari woman after childbirth


Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Following a Qatari woman’s death in childbirth this year, the country’s Public Prosecutor’s office has joined the fight to find answers.

Deeming other investigations thus far into the matter inadequate, officials there recently ordered a team of medical specialists to look into the death of Shorooq Al-Sulaiti.

She was admitted to the Women’s Hospital, run by Hamad Medical Corp. (HMC), with labor pains in May.

Women's Hospital
Women’s Hospital

She died the following day at Hamad General Hospital of heart failure after the birth of her son via C-section.

A social media outcry led by Al-Sulaiti’s husband soon ensued over lack of information about what happened.

This prompted the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) to break its two months’ silence to finally confirm it was investigating the incident.

Missing details

However, a lawyer for the family recently told Al Raya that husband Ali Ghanim Al-Himaidi is still waiting for information from this probe, four months after Al-Sulaiti died.

Muhammad Majid al-Hajiri added that the state prosecutors have set up a committee of medical experts to review the situation.

Al-Hajiri described the medical report into Al-Sulaiti’s death as “flawed,” arguing that it was issued a long time after her death.

He also said that important information including her exact cause of death was missing.


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