The American healthcare system has its flaws, but at least we have the best medical care in the world and enough doctors to provide it.
Sadly, this isn’t the case in Pakistan. A Muslim doctor recently refused to treat a 30-year-old sewer worker because his body was “unclean.”
According to reports, Irfan Masih was cleaning a manhole in a small Pakistani town. Not long into his shift, he started suffering from respiratory distress and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Upon arrival, the staff refused to treat him and a doctor deemed him too “unclean” to treat.
“The doctors refused to treat him because they were fasting and said my son was ‘napaak (unclean),’” Masih’s mother Irshad told the Express Tribune in Pakistan.
“The doctors then gave him an oxygen cylinder, but Pervez claimed it was empty. Irfan died before they could get another,” The Daily Caller explained.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The month of Ramadan is observed by followers of Islam throughout the world. While it is common for Muslims to abstain from eating and drinking in the day during the holy time, most medical professionals continue doing their jobs.
In fact, a 2013 article by the American Osteopathic Association interviewed several Muslim doctors in the United States and found that while Ramadan presents a challenge, professional physicians routinely work through it.
“In general, fasting teaches endurance, stamina and patience,” explained Sarwat Makkani, an doctor of internal medicine in Texas. “Good physicians have all three of these qualities.”
The next time you bash the American healthcare system, think of this story. Our healthcare may be expensive, but our doctors will treat any patient that comes through their doors, regardless of gender, race, or occupation.
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