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Battered baby Falak remains critical

The 2-year-old is still not able to breathe on her own and is on ventilatory support.

Two-year-old Falak,who is battling for life at AIIMS here,has shown no signs of improvement and remains in a critical condition.

“Her condition is the same as yesterday. She is critical but stable. She has not been able to breathe on her own and that is why she needs ventilatory support,” Dr Deepak Agarwal,neurosurgeon with the hospital,said.

Falak was brought to the AIIMS Trauma Centre on January 18 with severe head injury,both her arms broken,bite marks all over her body and her cheeks branded with hot iron.

Immediately after her admission,doctors conducted a life saving surgery on her brain and another two were undertaken at a later date. Doctors said she needs to undergo more such surgeries but they have been put on hold as infection level in her blood has not receded.

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The forensic department has conducted a DNA test to help determine her paternity. Experts have confirmed that the bite marks found on her body are that of a human,Dr Agarwal said.

The infection in her blood is being monitored closely.

“We are conducting culture reports on everyday basis to see the level of infection present in her body. Once the reports come negative,we are assured that she is responding positively to the treatment,” Agarwal said.

He said Falak will have to live with tracheotomy conducted on her for some time.