The condition of the five-year-old Shafeeq, who was allegedly tortured by his father and stepmother, continued to be critical on Friday. Meanwhile, the hospital authorities have appealed the VIPs to avoid visiting the child. Two ministers had visited the child on Thursday and a large number of people’s representatives continues to come to the hospital, which is causing hindrance to the treatment of the child who is battling for life.
The VIPs have been appealed not to insist on going inside the ICU which is causing disturbance to the treatment, the sources said.
“The child showing shocks of epilepsy is a matter of concern. Also, the child developed lung infection on Thursday, which was cured using antibiotics. An X-ray taken on Friday morning showed that the lungs are functioning properly. The CT scan taken in the morning shows no further damage to the brain,” the sources said. “There is no fresh bleeding in the brain. The damage was caused due to the brain not receiving oxygen and the child being denied medical attention for 24 hours,” the sources said.
As the attempts to change the mode of the ventilator did not show any encouraging results, the child will continue to remain in ventilator for the next 48 hours. Ventilator will be changed to different modes before removing it from the system and allowing the child to breath on his own, the sources said.
The expert team from Kottayam Medical college has recommended the doctors at Kattapana to adopt the same line of treatment. All other vital parameters of the child, including respiration, blood pressure and temperature, are stable. DMO Dr P J Alloysius is also camping in the hospital to monitor the condition of the child. Roshy Augustine MLA, Leela Gangadharan, chairperson of the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child’s Rights, were among those who visited the child.