Battered baby critical, woman claims to be relative

New Delhi: In a story that has shocked the nation, a two-year-old abandoned and battered baby girl continued to be in a critical condition at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Friday even as doctors said a woman had turned up claiming to be her relative.

Forensic experts are now examining the wounds on baby Falak’s body.

“A woman came claiming to be her ‘mausi’ (mother’s sister) and said the baby was kidnapped,” Deepak Agrwal, assistant professor, neurosurgery, told IANS.

The doctor said the baby’s condition had “improved slightly” and she was off the ventilator for now.

“The child has been taken off the ventilator for now, but she may be put on ventilator again,” the doctor said. “She is severely injured, and has suffered critical head injuries. Her future is uncertain,” he said.

Her plight has moved Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who offered to extend all possible help to the girl.

“The Delhi government will support whatever her needs are, we will fulfil her needs. We are waiting for the medical report, let it come,” Dikshit told reporters here.

Falak was admitted to the hospital last week with multiple injuries, including a fractured skull and a clot on the right side of her brain. The baby also had human bite marks all over her body.

“Statistics show in cases of head injury, 30 percent patients die in hospital, 30 percent remain in a vegetative state for the rest of their life, only 20 to 30 percent are fine enough to take care of their basic needs, but in that case too they are impaired mentally,” Agrwal said.

A doctor from the hospital had earlier told IANS that the chances of the baby’s survival were 50-50.

She was brought to the hospital by 15-year-old Mahi Gupta, who claimed to be her mother. The teenager has been sent to a juvenile home.

Delhi police are trying trying to find her parents. Sources from Delhi police told IANS that special teams have been sent to different states to trace the parents.

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