Oversight of doctor leaves 6-year-old blind

Oversight of doctor makes 6-year-old blind
Abdu Rehiman's father Abdul Jabbar reading a book for his son.
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Ponnani: 'Look Papa, I am not able to see any pictures. How I could see them all before," says six-year-old Abdu Rehiman, unaware of the fact that he would no longer be able to see the world around him.

The doctors have certified that Abdu, who was not visually-challenged by birth, can continue his schooling further only in a blind school. Abdu was pushed into a world of darkness after he was administered wrong treatment some years ago. Abdul Jabbar, a resident of Kaman Valavu, here blamed a doctor's negligence for the tragedy.

Two years ago Abdu's parents rushed him to a private clinic as he developed fever. A government doctor who was a consultant there examined the boy and prescribed medicines for chicken pox. No sooner did he take the medicines than a cluster of boils popped up all over the body, and slowly the boy started losing his vision. Much to the shock of the parents, the doctors at Thrissur Medical College hospital confirmed that the boy had not contracted chickenpox.

The family borrowed a lot of money to meet the treatment expenses, but that did not bring any improvement in Abdu’s condition. The parents are now heading for a legal battle against the doctor pointing out the health issues of their son all because of administering a wrong medicine. Meanwhile, Jabbar was brutally beaten up by a bike-borne gang demanding to withdraw the case against the doctor.

Though the family had lodged a police complaint no action has so far been taken. They alleged that some corrections were made in the original FIR. The boy is temporarily attending classes at TIUP school, as the parents do not want their son to be sitting among blind students.

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