Five-year-old Shafeeq,who suffered serious injuries due to the torture inflicted on him by his father Shareef and step mother Aleesha, showed signs of recovery and responded positively to treatments on Saturday.
The medical bulletin brought out at 6 pm showed improvement in different parameters of the health.
The ventilator support has been slightly reduced as the child is responding positively, Hospital Director Byju Chacko said.
The ventilator will be shifted to a different mode on Sunday so that the child would be less dependent on ventilator. If the child responds positively, then the ventilator support will be weaned out in next two days, he said. Shafeeq is taking food through ryles tube.
The CT scan will be taken on Sunday morning to know the condition of the brain which had suffered 75 per cent damage owing to the torture. Meanwhile, the hospital has stopped allowing the VIPs to visit the child in the hospital. This has helped considerably in keeping the area sterile, he said. Visitors are allowed to see only from outside. CPM district secretary K K Jayachandran MLA visited the child. The expert team from the Kottayam Medical College consults about treatment regularly.
Brother Visits Shafeeq
It was an emotionally charged situation when Shafeeq’s elder brother and step-sister visited him at the St Johns Hospital on Saturday and said that they were victims of torture. Shafeeq’s elder brother Shafin, 6, and step-sister Asiniya, 7, visited him at the ICU of the hospital. The children wore sterile aprons and attached masks on their faces before entering the sterile zone. Shafin said that he was denied food by his step-mother and was beaten and tortured with hot iron. Shafin also showed marks of injuries inflicted by his step mother. The kids were brought by a member of an orphanage at Muvattupuzha with the permission of the District Collector.