Falak undergoes procedure to reduce brain infection level

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 Tuesday'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 ventilatory 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.

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