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Baby Falak back on ventilator: Doctors

NEW DELHI: After battling for survival for over three weeks at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, two-year old baby Falak, who was taken off the ventilator, was again pu

Published: 11th February 2012 08:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:54 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: After battling for survival for over three weeks at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, two-year old baby Falak, who was taken off the ventilator, was again put back on it after she started having breathing problems Friday night.

"Falak is marginally better. But she was put back on the ventilator Friday night as she started having breathing problems," Dr. Deepak Agrawal, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the apex AIIMS trauma centre, told IANS Saturday.

Saying that Falak is stable now, Dr. Agrawal added: "She is stable as the chest and blood infection have resolved, but the brain infection is still a cause for concern."

The doctor indicated another surgery on Falak once her brain infection subsided.

"Once the brain infection subsides, we will conduct a surgery on the brain. It is called 'shunt' surgery, where we will be inserting a plastic tube from the stomach to the brain and drain out the brain fluid," said Dr. Agrawal.

The plastic tube would be the only permanent solution, but if the tube leads to any infection, the procedure will be managed with surgery in future, the doctor said.

Falak was brought to AIIMS by a teenager Jan 18 with a fractured skull, bruises and human bite marks all over her tiny frame. The girl who claimed to be her mother is now in a juvenile home.

Earlier IANS report:

NEW DELHI: Rajkumar, the man alleged to have handed over two-year-old baby Falak to his teen girlfriend, has been arrested, police said Saturday. Another woman has also been arrested in the case that exposed a human trafficking racket in the capital.

"Rajkumar, who is the main suspect in the case, and Pratima were arrested Friday," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Chhaya Sharma.

The key accused Rajkumar Gupta, who was absconding, was arrested by Delhi Police from New Delhi Railway Station late Friday night. A woman named Pratima was also arrested, from Patna, in connection with the case. She was part of the human trafficking racket that exploited Rajkumar's 14-year-old girlfriend, Sharma said.

Pratima had got Falak from Laxmi and given the child to Rajkumar who in turn handed her over to the teenaged girl whom he allegedly sexually abused.

The police have till now arrested ten people in the case.

Baby Falak was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre Jan 18 by the 14-year-old who claimed to be her mother. Falak was in a critical condition as her head was fractured and she had human bite marks all over her tiny frame.

After battling for survival for over three weeks at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, baby Falak's condition improved "marginally" Friday.

As uncertainty looms over the baby's survival, doctors say they will be conducting a crucial surgery on Falak soon.

"Once the brain infection subsides, we will conduct a surgery on the brain. It is called 'shunt' surgery, where we will be inserting a plastic tube from the stomach to the brain and drain out the brain fluid," explained Dr. Deepak Agrawal, neurosurgeon at the AIIMS Trauma Centre.

The plastic tube, say doctors, would be the only permanent solution, but if the tube leads to any infection, the procedure will be managed with surgery in future.



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