The Dushanbe prosecutor’s office has instituted criminal proceedings against the emergency hospital doctor Abdurasoul Hojiyev, who is charged with a crime for negligently causing the death of a patient.

The Dushanbe prosecutor’s office says Abdurasoul Hojiyev is suspected of negligence that caused the death of the 17-year-old Sevinj Shukurova

The prosecutor’s office notes that according to the preliminary data and on the basis of the examination, it was established that the girl’s death has occurred due to anaphylactic shock caused by Lidasa, powder for injection.

The doctor is charged with improper performance of professional duties (Article 129 (2) of Tajikistan’s Penal Code).  

The criminal proceedings have been instituted after Sevinj’s mother, Shoira Zuhurova, posted a video on social media, in which she appeals to Dushanbe Mayor Rustam Emomali and President’s Executive Office Chairperson Ozoda Rahmon with request to bring justice against the doctor because of which, according to her, she lost her 17-year-old daughter.

According to her, Hojiyev prescribed Lidasa to her daughter despite her warning that her daughter is allergic to penicillins.

The woman says the nurse in the same place made an injection of Lidasa in the presence of the doctor.  “But before that, the doctor did not give me daughter a test injection to determine the reaction of her body to the drug and did not leave us under surveillance even for 15 minutes,” the woman noted.   

After that, the girl's condition reportedly deteriorated sharply.

“I contacted Hojiyev and he advised me to take an injection of Dexamethasone without talking specifically about the dose.  As a result, the dose that was at hand at that time was not enough.  My daughter got worse, we took her to the hospital, but the doctors could not save her,” Shoira Zuhurova said.

Hojiyev was arrested on May 16 and the prosecutor’s office of Dushanbe’s Ismoili Somoni district instituted criminal proceedings against him under the provision of  Article 129 (2) of Tajikistan’s Penal Code -- improper performance of professional duties; an investigation is under way.  If convicted, the doctor could face up to eight years in prison.