Saudi Arabia

Saudi surgeon dies of heart attack while performing operation

An orthopaedic surgeon in Saudi Arabia has died in a hospital operating room while performing operation on a patient, according local media report.

Mahdi al-Emari suffered a heart attack and died on Friday at the Khamis Mushait Civil Hospital, reports Al-Watan Daily website.

Colleagues found that the doctor was sick and persuaded him to be tested for heart attacks.

“When Emari was present to perform a surgery for one of his patients, we noticed signs of fatigue on him and he suffered from pains in his stomach,” the head of the orthopaedic department at the hospital Dr Majid Al Shehri is quoted as saying by Al-Watan newspaper.

The doctor explained that Mr Emari initially refused to undergo a test and insisted he would perform the surgery on the patient.

But eventually he was persuaded to get an electrocardiogram, which showed that he had had a heart attack, the hospital said.

“He died while performing his work. He is a martyr,” Dr Al Shehri said,