SANAA, Yemen, May 17 (UPI) -- A 23-year-old female cancer patient died in Yemen after checking into an alternative health clinic run by a prominent cleric and wanted terrorist.
The woman, identified only as Fatma, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and advised to undergo surgery and chemotherapy when a family friend informed her father that Sheik Abdel-Mageed al-Zindani, a prominent cleric and wanted terrorist, was running a cancer program at his clinic, free of charge.
After a month of herbal remedies and alternative health treatments, Fatma's health deteriorated to such an extent her mother decided to return to their regular doctor, only to be told the cancer had spread to all of Fatma's organs, bikyamasr.com reported.
The woman's father said he feels responsible for his daughter's death and wishes he hadn't put in faith in alternative medicine.
"If only I had listened to my doctor! Maybe she would still be with us," he said.