SRINAGAR: 13-year-old Mir M Arafat has been lying unconscious inside the ICU of SMHS hospital since Tuesday evening. Two oxygen lines are keeping him alive. His torso, perforated with pellets, is enmeshed in wires that show on a screen his pulse rate and blood pressure. A number of such patients in the hospital are lying in the same state, but Arafat’s case is unique. Pellets have entered his heart, lungs, blood vessels, neck, and oral cavity.
Arafat was hit on Tuesday evening at Nandpora in Anantnag, a kilometer away from his residence. Tanveer, his father, said that police fired pellets at Arafat and his three friends while they were chatting outside a shop.
“My son was injured in the evening. I was at home. I don’t know who took him to the district hospital Anantnag, from where he was referred to this hospital. I heard about the incident when my son was being treated here,” Tanveer said.
“I drove in a car through the heavy police deployment all along the highway, to reach the hospital. Civilians who had brought him here told me that there was no stone-pelting going on when the police fired pellets at the four friends,” Tanveer said.
A doctor who operated on Arafat said that his condition had neither deteriorated nor improved since he was brought to the hospital.
“He is under observation. By Allah’s grace the pellet inside his heart has not moved from its position. We are keeping surveillance over the movement of pellets inside his lungs and blood vessels. Nothing can be said about his chances of survival as of now. He is critical. We will wait for some days to monitor how his body responds,” the doctor said.
Dr Kaisar Ahmad informed that there were five patients at SMHS who were critical.