Medical negligence: Nine-month-old Nishwa dies

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Staff report

KARACHI

The 9-month-old girl who suffered brain damage after allegedly being administered an excessive quantity of an injection at a private hospital in Karachi, passed away on Monday.

The infant’s father, Qaiser Ali, spoke briefly to reporters after his daughter passed away Monday morning. “My daughter fought very hard but she lost,” he said, overcome with emotion.

Nishwa was administered an injection in Darul Sehat Hospital which increased her heartbeat abnormally. The infant was shifted to the hospital’s ICU where she was placed on a ventilator. According to the report of the CT scan administered at the hospital, Nishwa had become mentally paralysed.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah , taking notice of the incident, said he will ensure justice for Nishwa’s family.

“I can understand the pain of the family. We even had plans to send Nishwa abroad for treatment. I send condolences to the family and will ensure they receive justice,” the CM said.

Nishwa’s father, speaking to media after his daughter’s death, asked everyone to stay united.

“Deaths will continue to occur, and nothing will be done,” he said.

Administration Officer Ahmed Shehzad, Nursing In-charge Sobia and another Nursing In-charge Atif Javed of Darul Sehat Hospital were arrested on Sunday by Sharae Faisal investigation police.

The hospital had admitted to negligence on its part and had offered to bear all the medical expenses of the child’s treatment.

In a separate development, the Gulshan SP was restrained from official duty for the next 48 hours after a video emerged which showed him allegedly intimidating the victim’s father Qaiser Ali and warning him against pursuing the case against the hospital.