Newborn Suffers Limb Loss in Islamabad Due to Medical Negligence


by Omama Anwar

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In a distressing incident, a private hospital in Islamabad is facing serious allegations of negligence resulting in severe burns and potential limb loss for a newborn baby girl. The infant is currently undergoing treatment at the Burn Centre of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). 


According to the victim's father, Syed Ahsan, his daughter was placed in an incubator due to her premature birth. However, upon visiting her the next day, he was shocked to discover severe burns on her legs. 

The hospital staff initially attempted to conceal the wounds by wrapping both legs in bandages, misleadingly claiming that the child had experienced an allergic reaction.

Realizing the gravity of the situation, the family sought immediate medical assistance from another hospital. There, doctors promptly determined that the injuries were not caused by an allergy but were indeed burns. The family decided to transfer the baby girl to the care of PIMS.

Tragically, due to the severity of the burns, the child may have already lost her legs, as she appears to be unable to feel any pain. The extent of the burns covers approximately 25% to 30% of the lower part of her body.

This incident has sparked outrage and raised questions about the standards of care provided by the private hospital. 

The authorities are expected to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the alleged negligence and hold those responsible accountable for the irreversible harm inflicted upon the newborn baby girl.