Image copyright AFP Image caption Dr Hamed Al-Faqih has been suspended
The Canadian parent whose son died in 2017 after a controversial autopsy conducted by the country’s top pathologist has called for an inquest into “misconduct.”
Dr Hamed Al-Faqih has been suspended by Ontario’s chief pathologist after a young man died of a heart attack following a joint investigation by three top health agencies.
The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons and Public Health Ontario are also on the sidelines.
In an email on Monday, Dr Judy Giuffre, the president of Ontario’s college of physicians, said her office was closely monitoring the matter.
‘Called out for troubling discrepancies’
Dr Giuffre said Dr Al-Faqih’s suspension took effect on Monday.
“Until a resolution can be reached, this matter will be under active monitoring by the college and will likely remain so for some time,” she wrote.
“We will keep the college and the people of Ontario informed of developments.”
Sofia Valle, whose son killed himself after being declared dead by the pathologist, posted a message on Facebook calling for an inquest.
“Nothing short of an inquiry is going to bring any peace and healing to the family of our son Mateo,” she wrote.
“The missteps that this doctor has been embroiled in have caused my family to suffer so much unnecessary pain and anguish.
“He should face charges for crimes of fraud.”
“We have been calling out for [an] inquiry and hope that it will be necessary to clear the names of my family and the integrity of Dr Al-Faqih.
“As a mother of three boys I can only assume this is all done behind closed doors with ethics blurred, and my kids will always wonder if there is any truth, or if the paperwork is complete.
“Justice must be served for us.”
Shocked by ‘vulnerability’
News of the examinations – which use a remote digital autopsy and oral history – broke in mid-August.
An original press release about Mateo’s death read: “This is a case involving a five year old boy who suffered a heart attack and had heart surgery [which] required a 10-hour surgery on his heart.
“We find it compelling to highlight that he could have taken his own life if he was not resuscitated by the initial medical staff at the hospital.”
But doctors later said Mateo had died of a heart attack even before they performed the surgery.
They were “shocked” by the “vulnerability” of the child during the investigation.
Dr Al-Faqih has declined to comment on the matter.