About 10 to 15 hospital staff members have been coming to visit her daily in the neurosurgery ICU because of the buzz that the mercilessly battered two-year-old has generated over the past couple of days.
“There has been immense curiosity about the baby among our own staff members. She was with us for almost a week but no one paid her a visit then. The moment her condition got public, our staff members have been flocking to the ICU,” said a senior doctor at the hospital. “So much so that we have had to restrict the entry of people in the ICU and allow only those who were genuinely required there,” added the doctor. “When I heard the news about the baby, my heart went out to her. Later, I realised that she was admitted to our hospital only. So I could not resist myself from taking a look at her. She is so tiny. Whoever has done this to her should be punished,” said a member of the nursing staff at the trauma centre.
The hospital’s landline numbers and cell phones of the hospital staff have not stopped ringing since the time the baby’s traumatic condition got public on January 26.
“Our staff is used to seeing critical cases, but no one has seen such brutality towards such a small child. My colleagues from other hospitals in the city have also been enquiring about the baby,” said Dr MC Misra, chief, Trauma Centre.
“Numerous NGOs and self-help groups have contacted us, asking how they could help the little girl,” Dr Misra added.
Many women whose children either have gone missing or are not able to bear kids, have also showed up at the hospital, laying claim over the baby. “Quite a few women have come, claiming to be related to the baby, but we did not allow anyone to visit the child. It is for the police to investigate,” said Nirmal Thakur, hospital spokesperson.