Torture-victim Shafeeq shows signs of recovery

Published: 18th July 2013 09:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2013 09:17 AM   |  A+A-


The condition of Shafeeq, who suffered serious injuries due to the torture inflicted on him by his father Shareef and step mother Aleesha, has shown some improvement at the St John’s Hospital on Wednesday. Shafeeq, who is on ventilator support, has started moving his limbs slightly, hospital director Byju Chacko informed ‘Express’.

It has to be seen whether the changes shown are sustainable, he said. Vital parameters like temperature, respiration and pulse are stable. But it is too early to arrive at a conclusion as the child had suffered 75 per cent brain haemorrhage which has to be treated using medicines, he said. The child is responding to treatment and a clear picture on the incident will emerge only on Thursday morning.

A two-member team of doctors from Kottayam MCH has arrived at the hospital to oversee the treatment given to the child, DMO P J Aloysius said. Any change in the mode of treatment will be based on a suggestion made by the team comprising a pediatrician and  neurosurgeon.  E S Bijimol, MLA, Collector Ajit Patil, DMO Dr P J Alloysius and others visited the hospital. Meanwhile, Shareef and Aleesha were produced before the JFCM court-II which remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days. The State Human Rights Commission has taken suo moto cognisance of the incident. Shafeeq’s mother Remya said that she is holding consultations with relatives to take necessary steps to get the custody of Shafeeq once he gets well.  She said that Shafeeq was forcefully taken away from her by Shareef in 2009, after their separation. Remya, who has since married and has a child, had received life threats when she tried to contact a relative of Shareef in regard to visiting her son at the hospital. Dist Police Chief M Sheikh Anverddin Sahib said the police have yet to receive any complaints pertaining to the case.

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