Hospital consultant to sue police after he is arrested at dying daughter’s bedside

A hospital consultant is to sue the police after claiming he was physically dragged from his daughter’s bedside and arrested after doctors said they were to switch off her life support.

Rashid Abbasi, 59, and his wife Aliya, also a former doctor, have accused officers of branding him “an animal” as he struggled to remain with his dying daughter, Zainab.

The incident, which was caught on a police officer’s body-worn camera, appears to show Mr Abbasi being physically wrenched away from his daughter’s bedside as his wife pleads for compassion.

Police were called by hospital staff after Mr Abbasi became increasingly distressed when doctors told him there was nothing more they could do for the sick little girl and it was time to withdraw life support.

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