Child abuse: Shafeeq still critical

Published: 19th July 2013 11:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2013 11:29 AM   |  A+A-

The condition of five-year-old Shafeeq who suffers from serious injuries due to the torture inflicted by his father and stepmother continues to remain serious on Thursday.

The child has, however, started responding to small stimulations, Byju Chacko, director, St Johns Hospital told ‘Express’.

The child, who had responded to stimuli given to his feet on Wednesday, has started to react to stimuli given to other parts of the body, he said. But the 75 per cent brain haemorrhage suffered by the child has become a major challenge for the doctors.

 Efforts are being made to dilute the blood clot using medicines. Surgical interventions are not possible at this stage, he added.

The situation became this bad thanks to the child not receiving any attention for 24 hours after suffering the injuries. Fortunately no fresh incidents of bleeding have been reported and no instances of fits have been reported during the past 24 hours.

The child continues to be under the support of a ventilator. Vital parameters like temperature, respiration and pulse are stable.

The expert team from Kottayam Medical College has expressed satisfaction over the treatment procedure adopted by the doctors at the hospital, Byju said. Doctors have suggested that there was no need to shift the child to any other hospital at this stage. The child was fed using Ryles tube in the morning.

Shafeeq’s  mother Remya visited him under the protection of police. People who had gathered in the area became restless on seeing Remya and showered her with abuses. Remya said that she had never disowned the child and that the child was taken away from her forcefully.

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