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Vaccine to protect our child from polio gave him the disease: family

The family of nine-month-old Arsh Singh, a Navi Mumbai resident, went into shock after the World Health Organisation's National Polio Surveillance Project (NPPS) finally informed them that the child, who is is battling for his life at BJ Wadia Children's Hospital in Parel, is suffering from vaccine derived poliovirus, type 2.

mumbai Updated: Aug 02, 2013 01:23 IST
Priyanka Vora

The family of nine-month-old Arsh Singh, a Navi Mumbai resident, went into shock after the World Health Organisation's National Polio Surveillance Project (NPPS) finally informed them that the child, who is is battling for his life at BJ Wadia Children's Hospital in Parel, is suffering from vaccine derived poliovirus, type 2.

The NPPS, which tested two stool samples, submitted its report on Wednesday.

Arsh, who was administered the oral polio vaccine at least five times, is on ventilator support and his condition continues to remain critical but stable, doctors at the hospital said. All four of his limbs are paralysed.

The family has so far spent close to Rs 2 lakh for expensive diagnostic tests and medicines.

“When we brought him to the hospital he was fine. Later, he developed paralysis. It is difficult to accept that the vaccine we gave him to avoid polio caused the disease,” his aunt Arti said,

“It is sad to see my child developing bed sores. He can't move at all, he opens his eyes and they are filled with tears. The doctors converse in English, we are not being told anything,” said his mother, Veena.

Also, visits by polio surveillance officers are raising concerns among neighbours. “I have another son and neighbours may stop interacting with us. People have started thinking there is some problem with us,” said Arsh's father, Tejbahadur Singh.