Kalwa resident Zahida Maqba (45) sought out quack doctor Munir Khan after she was diagnosed with uterine cancer (cancer of the uterus) last year.
“I got a hysterectomy done from a private hospital in Thane. A tumour was detected in the uterus, which later spread to other parts. I was shifted to another hospital. But there was no improvement,” said Maqba.
It was then that one of their family friends, who had apparently seen an advertisement on the quack doctor on television, recommended that she visit Khan. “My husband, Tariq (53), who is in Saudi Arabia, and son Saud (20) took my case papers to Khan. He gave a bottle of medicine without any prescription. He didn’t even bother to check me,” said the homemaker. “I had three such bottles worth Rs 15,000 each. But there was no improvement,” she added.
Maqba took Khan’s medicines for four months. She had bought a fourth bottle as well but returned it after her condition deteriorated.
“I had been vomiting for three consecutive days. I couldn’t eat anything. During the course of Khan’s medication, I lost over 30 kg. When we told him over the phone, he asked me to take painkillers.”
“We returned the fourth bottle but they weren’t ready to take it back and even manhandled my husband. Later, they paid us Rs 13,000 for the returned bottle,” said Maqba.
She is currently undergoing treatment at Lok Hospital in Thane and she feels much better now.
“My husband was going to file a complaint against them when he had gone to return the bottle. But I dissuaded him thinking that it will only cause trouble for us and he would go scot-free as the police might be hand-in-glove with him. We also tried to contact on the number displayed on news channels when the story broke out, but couldn’t get through,” said Maqba.