A medical team at a local hospital on Wednesday reintroduced a malignant tumor into the brain of a patient a day after removing it, once the medics discovered he could not pay for the operation.
Rabih Zartawani, the oncology specialist at the Gentle Touch Hospital who led the team, said he had to act quickly after discovering the patient’s financial predicament.
“He arrived unconscious at the emergency room, but based on his appearance we judged that he was well-off,” said Zartawani. “We decided to take the risk and conduct the operation after seizing his watch, phone and ID as collateral to ensure payment.”
The doctor said the patient regained consciousness only to faint again upon seeing the hospital bill.
“We took this as a sign that he was unable to pay and that his insurance does not cover the cost of this kind of procedure, so we took the opportunity and returned the tumor to his brain without having to waste even more resources on anesthesia,” he added. “We made sure the tumor was firmly in place and reattached all pain receptors.”