Procedure on Baby Falak to reduce brain infection

Doctors at AIIMS conducted another surgery on battered two-year-old Falak to bring down the infection level in the brain.

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2012, 21:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Doctors at AIIMS on Tuesday conducted
another surgery on battered two-year-old Falak to bring down
the infection level in the brain even as she continued to be
in a critical but stable state.

According to doctors at the AIIMS Trauma Centre who are
attending on baby Falak, the surgery was conducted as an
"alternative attempt" to fight brain infection.

"We did a bedside procedure wherein we put a tube in the
brain that drains outside instead of the spine. This has been
undertaken as an attempt to bring down the infection level in
her brain. Because of this infection, she continues to remain
critical but stable," neurosurgeon Deepak Agarwal, who has
been treating her, said.

With today`s procedure, Falak has undergone a total of
four surgeries since her admission in the hospital on January
18.

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

Dr Agarwal said, "With the damage she has suffered in the
brain, if she survives, there are high chances that she will
be mentally retarded or have a low conscious level. At
present, we are trying to do our level best to get her out of
the ICU."

Doctors also said that she still continues to remain on
ventilator support as she cannot breathe on her own.

She underwent a life saving surgery of the brain
immediately after her admission here. Later on, it was
followed by two more surgeries.

PTI