Nishwa died after being administered wrong injection: forensic report

KARACHI: Nishwa, the nine-month-old infant, died due to multi-organ failure that was caused by “fast intravenous administration of Potassium Chloride (KCl)” according to the forensic report of a three-member medical board released on Tuesday.

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The report said that the multi-organ failure of the infant had led to a cardiac arrest, adding that “no injuries associated with prolonged CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) were seen on the body.”

The three-member board was formed last month on the orders of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to conduct a forensic examination of Nashwa’s body, consisting of police surgeon Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi, senior medico-legal officer Dr Summaiya Syed and forensic expert Prof Farhat Mirza.

On April 14, Darus Sehat hospital administered wrong medicine to the nine-month-old baby with the infant’s father filing a first information report (FIR) at the Shahrah-e-Faisal police station on April 15.

Nishwa was brought in Darus Sehat Hospital for treatment of diarrhea.

Bilal Ghaffar, a member of the Sindh Assembly (MPA) associated with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), accompanied the little girl’s father to the police station to register the FIR, which named the hospital administration as the culprit.

High dosage of medicine was administered to Nishwa, the baby, worsening her condition, the FIR reads. It added that the hospital administration has acknowledged its mistake.

Due to the dosage, Nishwa’s body was paralyzed.

On April 18, baby Nishwa’s condition further deteriorated as her limbs started to bend due to damage to her brain cells.

On April 22, Nishwa passed away after spending 16 painful days at the hospital.

On April 23, Sindh Healthcare Commission fined the hospital Rs0.5 million while holding two staff members Agha Moiz and Subia responsible for the injection of dosage. The investigative report proved that the injection dosage turned lethal.

On April 24, Sindh Healthcare Commission Team and the district management sealed Darus Sehat Hospital on the orders of Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah two days after Nishwa’s passing.

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