KUWAIT CITY, Nov 29: The Criminal Court imposed a fine of KD 4,000 on a pharmacist for selling medicines worth KD 600 to a citizen by claiming that they would treat gangrene, but ended up worsening his condition and eventually getting his foot amputated. Investigations had revealed that the medicines were for cleaning wounds and not for treating gangrene and the defendant had visited the victim at his home to treat him, and deceived him into believing that the medicine being provided to him was a German treatment. The suspect denied that he was impersonating a doctor.
He explained that he was once at a car wash station when he heard a young man talking on the phone about the condition of his brother who was suffering from gangrene. As soon as he ended the call, the suspect asked him about his brother’s condition and expressed interest in it. He assured the victim’s brother that he had the appropriate treatment and that he had to pay KD 600 to buy these medications, and so he agreed. The suspect brought medication and began the treatment for several days, but it worsened the victim’s condition. His temperature rose significantly, and he was transferred to the hospital, where the medical staff decided that the foot had to be amputated.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff
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