An American plastic surgeon has been ordered by a court in Dubai to pay blood money (diyyah) following the death of a patient. The Dubai Cassation Court found the doctor, identified only as 51-year-old F.J. guilty of negligence. A botched surgery resulted in an Emirati housewife lapsing into a seven-month coma before dying.
Prosecutors charged the surgeon, the Iraqi anaesthetist and the Syrian hospital director with negligence and malpractice, but the anaesthetist was cleared of the charges. The doctor was fined Dh20,000 ($5,445) and was also ordered to jointly pay with the hospital director Dh200,000 ($54,445) as blood money to the parents of the deceased woman.
According to the Gulf News
the surgery was to smooth out wrinkles on the patient's neck and eyelids but should have been postponed due to her high blood pressure. The Gulf Daily
reported that the American surgeon represented himself in the Dubai court, saying “I am not guilty.”
In 2009 it became a matter of UAE law
that blood money payments should be the same for men and women in all cases of accidental death across the emirates. Diyyah is the Islamic compensation for death.