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Ikhlaq’s son Danish responds to treatment, doctors hopeful

When doctors examined Mohammad Ikhlaq’s 21-year-old son Danish in Noida’s Kailash hospital, they observed slight limb movements

india Updated: Oct 03, 2015 16:28 IST

Hindustan Times
Mohammad Ikhlaq son Danish being treated in hospital.
Mohammad Ikhlaq son Danish being treated in hospital.(Ishwar/ Hindi Hindustan)

Hopes raised for the family of Mohammad Ikhlaq, who was lynched over allegations of storing beef, as his son Danish who was critically injured during the incident is responding to treatment in ICU.

When doctors examined the 21-year-old in Noida’s Kailash hospital, they observed slight limb movements. After the lynching incident in which a 200-strong mob stormed into Ikhlaq’s home and bulgeoned him to death, Danish was rushed to the hospital along with his dad, who succumbed to his injuries within 30 minutes.

He continues to lie still on ventilator support in the hospital, while his brother Sartaj is spending sleepless nights to attend to his brother.

According to Dr Varun Bhargav, who performed the neurosurgery on the boy, he is showing signs of recovery, but his condition is still critical. His latest CT Scan done on Friday showed some improvement in his condition.

“90% of the blood clot has dissolved. The swelling in the brain has also reduced. He has begun to follow basic commands by slightly moving his hand, foot, tongue and eyes,” said Dr Bhargav.

When the boy reached the hospital, the doctors found that his left frontal lobe of the brain was almost crushed. There was severe blood clotting, skull fracture and swelling in his brain.

For his brother Sartaj, who is with Danish at the hospital, it was a bit less stressful day as the boy moved his hand in response to the doctor’s question. “I am praying for him each moment. But we are still anxious as doctors have told us that his condition is still critical. We are also worried about his life ahead, if there are any side effects of the injury,” said Sartaj, who is a corporal in the Indian Air Force and arrived from Chennai.

It took the doctors three and a half hours to conduct two major surgeries - a left frontal craniotomy and a left frontal lobectomy on the Danish’s brain.

“The surgeries were done to remove the blood clot and repair damages that occurred due to skull fracture,” said Dr. Bhargav.

According to doctors, left frontal lobe in the brain is responsible for thinking process and some locomotor response.

“My brother wanted to join civil services to contribute towards the development of our nation. His dreams are shattered now. It will take him at least one or two years for recovery. Moreover, we do not know what physical and mental problems will he face after the recovery,” said Sartaj.

Hospital management rubbished the media reports claiming that the hospital had told the patient’s family that if they are unhappy with the treatment, they can shift him to another hospital.

“We care about each and every patient. These media reports are just rumours. We have all the facilities to take best care of the boy,” said VB Joshi, the hospital spokesperson.