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Battered baby critical in Delhi hospital

Sheikh Imran Bashir

Agence India Press


New Delhi: A team of doctors at the AIIMS Trauma Centre is fighting against the odds to save the two-year-old abandoned baby girl who was brought to the hospital in a comatose condition with severe head injuries and human bite marks.


Despite the best efforts of specialised doctors, the two-year old infant Falak admitted in Delhi’s premier hospital in a battered condition continued to battle for life on Saturday with medical experts giving her 30-40 percent chances of survival.


The baby girl, named Falak by her care-givers, was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Trauma Centre in New Delhi almost a week ago in a severely abused state by a minor teenager claiming to be her mother.


Upon medical examination, doctors found that the abandoned baby had sustained severe head injuries, multiple fractures and human bite marks all over her body.


Certain reports claimed that the head injuries had either been caused by a blunt object or by repeated and deliberate bashings against the wall.


Expressing their concern, AIIMS trauma centre chief M.C. Mishra revealed Falak’s condition remained critical.


“In the last 22 hours, all I can say in summary is that there is no deterioration in her overall condition, but she will need a few more days to be given. We will categorise her in a critical condition because her heart rate is still high, although there is no deterioration since we spoke to you last and that is the reason we are hopeful that she may recover,” Mishra told reporters.


Another doctor monitoring Falak’s treatment, AIIMS neurologist Sumit Sinha further reflected on the infant’s condition.


“In a head injury of this nature, a patient has 30 to 40 percent chances of survival. Out of a hundred patients who sustain such injuries, only 30 or 40 will survive. This is a figure recognised worldwide, despite all the advancements in the field of medicine. Many of those who survive remain in a vegetative state, and are unable to fend for themselves,” said Sinha.


Speculations are rife that the baby girl might have been sexually abused.


However, Sinha maintained preliminary diagnosis by gynaecologists did not corroborate such assumptions.


“There is no evidence of sexual abuse. We have consulted our gynaecological experts from AIIMS and they are not of the opinion of this,” said Sinha.


The soul-stirring, heart rendering story of violence and abuse on Falak has send shockwaves across the country, with India praying for the battered baby girl’s speedy recovery.


However, various child welfare associations, non-governmental organisations and childcare units have come forward to take care of the infant. (AIP News)


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