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Flown to Delhi for treatment, man shot during Prophet remark protests in Ranchi clings on to life

According to the family, the bullet had reached Nadeem's carotid artery, with the doctors fearing that his seizures were a result of either oxygen depravation to the brain or a blood clot in the brain.

Nadeem Ansari was shot at the back of his neck as the protest against remarks about the Prophet turned violent on June 10 in Ranchi. (Express Photo)

Nadeem Ansari, 24, who was hit by a bullet during a protest against remarks on the Prophet in Ranchi on June 10, was airlifted to Delhi on Saturday as his condition didn’t improve after days of treatment at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi. The state government will pay for his treatment at Gurugram’s Medanta hospital.

According to the family, Nadeem took a bullet in the nape (back of the neck) and has been in a forced comatose for nearly a fortnight because he gets seizures as soon as he wakes up.

Ansari’s sister, Mussarat Parween, who accompanied him in the air ambulance to Delhi, said that her brother was out (on June 10) to get medicines for his nephew who had fever. “He had stepped out not even five minutes before things turned violent; he was just half a kilometre from the house. Our neighbours who were in the protest informed us that he had been shot at,” said Parween. When the family reached RIMS, Parween said her brother was “walking and talking”.

“He was perfectly fine, but now the doctors can’t wake him up after a surgery? How can that be?” said his younger brother Tipu, who works as a plumber. Along with Tipu, Nadeem who worked as an electrician, were the earning members of the family. Their father dealt in gemstones before one of his legs was paralysed following a spine surgery.

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According to the family, the bullet had reached Nadeem’s carotid artery, and the doctors were of the opinion that the seizures could be either due to oxygen deprivation to the brain or a blood clot. “They needed an MRI to see what is wrong with his brain, which is why we got him here. Now, the doctors say that the brain is intact but they don’t know the cause of seizures,” said Parween.

A doctor familiar with the case said that Nadeem was brought on a ventilator and has been convulsing continuously. He said the prognosis of the patient is poor.

Nadeem’s wife and one-year-old daughter are at home. Nadeem has three sisters and two brothers. All the sisters are married.

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“He has been strong for so many days… now that the doctors say that the brain is intact, I just hope my brother wakes up,” said Parween.

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First published on: 25-06-2022 at 08:24:47 pm
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