Baby Falak critical, may undergo another brain surgery

Two-year-old abandoned and battered baby Falak continues to be critical, a doctor said Monday, adding that she 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 yesterday (Sunday) night," Deepak Agrwal, assistant professor (neurosurgery) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Trauma Centre, told IANS.

Falak was taken off the ventilator Friday.

"She might require another surgery in the brain, but as her condition is critical, her chance of survival is slim. Already we have done a brain surgery and we have also conducted a tracheotomy on the baby and she is being fed through a pipe that goes via the nose," Agrwal said.

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.

Police have launched a massive hunt for the child's parents and have constituted several teams to locate them as also those who had handed over the baby to the teenaged girl, who is currently in a juvenile home.

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