Texas Doctor Won't Serve Jail Time After Raping Patient
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Texas Doctor Won't Serve Jail Time After Raping Patient


HOUSTON, TX — August 20, 2018

A Houston doctor lost his medical license and his job after he was arrested after being convicted of raping a patient in her hospital bed while she was heavily sedated.

Shafeeq Sheikh, 46 was sentenced to 10 years probation Friday. He also will have to register as a sex offender for life.

The incident occured in 2013 when Sheikh received a patient at Ben Taub General Hospital with a severe asthma attack. The victim, a 27-year-old woman Laura, said later she was in and out of consciousness after being sedated when a male doctor came into her room.

The doctor came into her room and told her he needed to examine her chest. He then touched her breast and vagina. Laura told her story to the Houston Chronicle, saying she knew she was being attacked.

“It’s the feeling that you can’t do anything,” she described in an interview. “You can’t do anything to save yourself.”

She tried to use her bedside call button to summon a nurse to the room, but it was disconnected. Sheikh left her room, then came back and repeated his behavior. He came back a third time and raped her.

The next morning, Laura reported the crime and also sought a rape kit. That DNA evidence would ultimately be helpful in the future investigation. Also, there was a surveillance video, showing when Sheikh came to her room the night of the attack.

The man was arrested in 2015, two years after the attack. After a short review of the evidence, the Texas Medical Board suspended his license, citing his 'continuing threat to public welfare.' Sheikh insisted that the sex had been consensual. There was no evidence to refute his statement. In particular, he told the judge and jury that the woman had touched his penis and taken off her underwear.

"I took it as a sign that she wanted to have sex," he said.

Sheikh's defense lawyer also showed the jury photos from Laura’s Instagram account, where she posted sexy photos to 14,000 followers as part of her job promoting a clothing boutique. In addition, the defense lawyers at the eight-day trial introduced evidence about the woman’s career as an actress and model.

As the woman explained later, she posts photos on the site and videos for her job promoting clothes for a boutique. She added the photos were “sexy” but were meant to be humorous rather than sexually provocative.

“He made a mistake, but he didn’t sexually assault her,” attorney Lisa Andrews argued. “Here we have this Latina woman with her fake boobs that came onto that little nerdy middle-aged guy, and he lost his mind.”

The woman told jurors the attack derailed her life and marriage. But the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder, said that was absurd and reminded the jury how vulnerable patients in a hospital are.

Also, DNA evidence indicated she had sex with her husband her first night at the hospital, which meant she wasn’t so debilitated, they said.

So the jurors recommended that he be sentenced to probation only. Although it is known that the sentencing for second-degree sexual assault, which includes rape in Texas, may be punished with anywhere from two to 20 years in prison.

Baylor College of Medicine declined to comment, but Bryan McLeod, a spokesman for the county system that operates Ben Taub Hospital, said that time, that “Harris Health System has been supportive of the legal process and has fully cooperated throughout the investigation and trial phase of this case.”’

“We care deeply about the safety and well-being of our patients,” he said.

As for the asthma attacks, the main problem with undiagnosed or misdiagnosed asthma is that the condition remains untreated, which means that it can get worse over time. A severe asthma attack can sometimes lead to death.

The severity of symptoms may vary from person to person, but early symptoms include:

  • A cough — often worse at night or early in the morning
  • Wheezing — a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath — the feeling of being out of breath
  • Difficulty sleeping — coughing at night makes it hard to sleep

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2011 that asthma accounts for 1.3 percent of all U.S. emergency room visits. One in 12 Americans have asthma, according to new statistics from the Center.

At the hospital, you may be given oxygen through a face mask or nasal tube. You may also need fast-acting medication or a dose of steroids. In severe cases, the doctor may insert a breathing tube into your airway to maintain airflow into your lungs. You will be monitored for a few hours until you are stable.

Now let's look at this situation. If a person is hospitalized with a severe asthma attack, it usually takes several hours to bring him to his senses. He can't talk, he can't move, he's under the influence of the breathing tube. Depending on the difficulty of the case, the time spent in such condition takes from an hour to 12 hours. Otherwise, the person may be in anaphylactic shock, which can lead to coma and then to death.

If a person has regained consciousness before, he can already live a normal life, he can eat, walk, talk and move. Accordingly, in this case, the woman was either in complete unconsciousness, or she lies that she saw and felt everything, but allegedly could not do anything. In this case, the doctor is right that the sex had been consensual.

Another question is that the doctor has no right to have sex with their patients when it comes to the treatment of the patient in the hospital, according to medical ethics.

Here are some things that people can do to prevent asthma attacks:

  • People with asthma shouldn't smoke and also they should avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Dust mites are in just about everyone's home, and they can cause big trouble for asthmatics. To reduce exposure to the mites, the specialists advise using mattress and pillowcase covers.
  • Car exhaust, industrial pollutants, and other things that foul the air outside can also trigger asthma attacks.
  • At least once every three days, vacuum or sweep areas that might attract roaches or crumbs.
  • To keep airborne mold particles to a minimum, keep humidity in the home between 35 and 50 percent. They can promote the growth of mold behind walls and under floors.
  • Flu, colds, and other respiratory infections can trigger an attack.
  • Strenuous physical exercise might be good for your heart and waistline - but not so good for your breathing.
Author: USA Really