Baby Falak Undergoes Brain Surgery, Still Critical

Baby Falak Undergoes Brain Surgery, Still Critical

Tuesday, 31 January 2012, 04:22 Hrs
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New Delhi: Battling for life at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), two-year-old battered and abandoned baby Falak underwent brain surgery to remove fluids even as she developed respiratory problems, a doctor said. The baby has been put on ventilator.

"We have done a small brain surgery to remove fluids from her brain. We suspect that there could be infection in her brain. The fluids will be sent for lab test," Deepak Agrawal, assistant professor (neurosurgery) at the J.P.N. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Trauma Centre, said.

According to the doctor, the baby has developed respiratory problems and may have to undergo another brain surgery.

"Her condition is critical. She developed respiratory problems, so we put her back on the ventilator around 10.30 last (Sunday) night," Agrawal told IANS. Falak was taken off the ventilator Friday.

"There is infection in her chest and pain is recurring and she has severe head injuries as well."

The baby was admitted to AIIMS here Jan 18 with multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, human bite marks on her tiny frame and a clot on the right side of her brain. She was brought to the hospital by a teenaged girl who claimed to be her mother.

The teenager is in a juvenile home even as the police constituted several teams to locate the girls's parents.

For the toddler, the chances of survival are slim, say doctors monitoring her condition.

"She might require another surgery in the brain. But as her condition is critical, her chances of survival are slim," Agrawal said.

Source: IANS
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