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A 12-year-old Iraqi boy died in Gurgaon Saturday night, allegedly minutes after he was administered anaesthesia at a private diagnostic clinic, said police.
The boy, identified as Ahmad Imad Faisal, was from Baghdad. Ahmad, who was hearing and speech impaired since birth, had been brought to India by his father, Imad Faisal, so that he could be treated at Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon.
In his complaint to police, Imad said he took his son to Fortis Hospital’s OPD Saturday, where doctors recommended that Ahmad undergo a MRI test.
Imad said he took Ahmad to Modern Diagnostics and Research Centre, a private clinic near the hospital. In the police complaint, Imad claimed that shortly after being administered anaesthesia before the test, Ahmad became “unresponsive”. He was rushed to Fortis Hospital where, about twenty minutes later, he was declared dead.
Ahmad’s body was sent for post-mortem Sunday. The Embassy of Iraq has been notified about the incident, said police. Dr Deepak Mathur, who conducted the post-mortem, said, “Some liquid was found to have travelled into his wind pipe from his stomach, leading to his death.”
“It is unclear whether this happened because of a large amount of anaesthetic being administered. Samples of his viscera have been sent for further examination to determine the exact amount of the drug in the body,” said the doctor.
Police said while a complaint has been received about the boy’s death, no FIR has been filed yet. “A case will be registered once the reports of the viscera examination are received,” said Gaurav Phogat, SHO of Sushant Lok police station. Representatives of the clinic refused to comment on the incident.