Baby Falak still critical (Lead)

February 6th, 2012 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Battling for survival for over two weeks at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, two-year-old battered baby Falak continued to be critical Monday while the police claimed to have traced her biological mother.

“Falak is still critical, there has been no major decline or significant improvement in her condition,” M.C. Misra, chief of the AIIMS Trauma Centre told reporters here.

The doctors treating Falak said that the brain infection was a cause of concern.

“There is infection in brain fluid as per cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) report which is a cause of concern, but it is not traced in the blood which is a good sign. Lungs too are in a better condition,” Misra said.

The doctors informed that they have put Falak on ventilator support intermittently.

“We are not keeping her continuously on ventilator support. If a patient is on ventilator for a long period, the chances of getting respiratory-associated pneumonia increases. It becomes difficult to control the infection which cause pneumonia because the bacteria involved become resistant. Therefore, we try to remove her from ventilator for a few hours,” Misra said.

The doctor also informed that a new antibiotic will be added to clear the infection identified in her brain fluid.

“For the past one week we are administering strong antibiotics. We are adding another new antibiotic to handle the infection in the brain fluid,” doctor said.

The doctor also added that the next few days are going to be challenging to save the baby as she has multiple infection.

“The next few days, will be challenging as we have to tackle the brain fluid infection cautiously,” Misra added.

Meanwhile, police claimed to have traced a 22-year-old woman named Munni, who could be the biological mother of Falak.

She was found about a week ago in Rajasthan and brought here Sunday night, an official said.

Falak was brought to AIIMS Jan 18, with severe head injuries and bite marks all over her face, by a 14-year-old girl who is now in a juvenile home.

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