Kashmir : Family accuses doctor of ‘murdering’ their child

Srinagar, Sep 19 :  A family from Shalimar area in the outskirts of Kashmir capital Srinagar Monday staged a protest accusing a doctor of ‘murdering’ their baby boy while performing a medical procedure called tracheostomy.

The doctor according to protesting family has gone into hiding, a fact admitted by the senior doctors at Sher-i-Kashmir Medical Institute Soura.

The protesting family members arrived here in Press Enclave Srinagar claiming that a Doctor namely Faheem at SKIMS performed tracheostomy of a child without the consent of his parents.

The 2.5 years old baby boy Eliya Ali was suffering from Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) which is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system.

“The senior doctors conducted a successful medical procedure called tracheostomy at the Hospital Theater during which a tube is inserted into the windpipe of the patient to open the restricted airway and enable breathing.

However, on Saturday night when the mother was feeding the baby at PICU ward number 7, Dr Faheem conducted another tracheostomy without the consent of the parents.

He forcibly evicted mother from the ward and to our shock, the baby died within a span of 20 minutes,” the protesters told news agency .

“The baby was declared dead at around 10.30 Saturday night, and when we approached police, the doctor in order to mislead them, conducted ECG on the dead body and later placed it on ventilator at around 11. 30 PM.

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