A family doctor has been sued for failing to provide timely and proper care to a patient, and even had to watch a YouTube video for his patient’s care instructions, ultimately costing the patient his life.

Dr Hani Mohamed Sorour, who practiced under a variety of trade names including Union Medical Center, was sued by the wife of the deceased patient, Patrick Eugene Kelly in January this year.

Temporary doctor failed to recognise symptoms of severe allergic reaction

On 2 March 2016, Kelly had sought treatment for a sore throat at the emergency room in Union Medical Center in South Carolina, where he was given penicillin and sent home.

Several hours later, the patient went to the ER again due to the allergic reaction he had to the antibiotic. His tongue and throat had swollen up and he was unable to breathe, swallow, and speak properly.

Sorour, then a temporary physician at the hospital, was assigned to Kelly’s case. According to the lawsuit, Sorour failed to recognise and diagnose that Kelly was suffering from an “anaphylactic allegoric reaction”, and did not give him medication which would have halted the allergic reaction and saved his life.

Doctor searched YouTube instead of seeking other doctors’ advice

By the time Sorour tried to fix a breathing tube down the patient’s throat, his condition had deteriorated so much that his airway was swollen shut. Sorour then tried to perform an emergency cricothyrotomy to create an alternative airway in Kelly’s throat, by following a procedure uploaded on YouTube, rather than seek the help of other doctors in the hospital.

Indeed, the website was found open on Sorour’s computer where he searched for “how to perform cricothyrotomy”, in an investigation by the Union Police Department, called at the behest of the coroner.

The lawsuit further claims that Sorour failed to properly intubate the patient and establish an airway, which caused Kelly’s heart to stop. Sorour then halted the efforts of medical staff who were trying to perform CPR on the patient, after a few minutes, as “without an open airway, chest compressions would not help.”

However, such instructions go against the standard of care for CPR - chest compressions are necessitated even without a proper airway.

“Defendant Sorour’s directive to stop CPR chest compressions and the other substandard care he provided to Mr. Kelly were the proximate cause of Mr. Kelly’s untimely death,” stated the lawsuit.

A questionable doctor who once tried to force himself on a colleague

Sorour, who graduated medical school in Egypt and is licenced to practise family medicine, was convicted of misdemeanour assault of a female physician’s assistant nine years ago, in Virginia.

The doctor was fired from the hospital after the conviction. He was at first sentenced to a 30-day suspension, but appealed and ended up with a second guilty verdict and a sentence of 20 weekends in jail. In 2011, when he applied for a medical license in South Carolina, he wrote a letter to explain his conviction, where he accused the victim of making false accusations against him.

He admitted that he had trailed her home, but denied ever forcing himself on her or causing the scratches on her sides. He claimed that the conviction and sentence he had received were “totally unfair.”

He still has his medical license to practise in South Carolina, although it will soon expire in June. MIMS

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