BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: An eight years old child in Gilgit – Baltistan is fighting for his life after he was injured in the earthquake a month ago.
The weak financial position of the family has hardened the battle for the patient whose father lost his life a year ago after being electrocuted in his village.
Muhammad Kashif, a resident of Thoi village of Yaseen valley, was on his way to home from school when hit by a landslide, triggered by earthquake last month.
At least 14 people were killed and two dozen others injured in the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Gilgit – Baltistan besides other major cities of Pakistan in October.
“He lost conscious immediately after being injured a month ago. He hasn’t yet regained conscious,” Naeem Anwar, a relative said on Saturday.
The child was one of those injured shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Science [PIMS] the next day by G-B government to provide better treatment. “The boy remained admitted to PIMs for a month but couldn’t regain conscious,” says Anwar.
The child was however brought back to Gilgit after relatives exhausted their financial resources during the one-month long treatment in Islamabad.
Another relative said the parents decided to bring the child back to Gilgit after doctors advised them to continue the treatment at his hometown instead of PMIS which was comparatively expensive.
The relative says besides providing travel facility, the government also provided Rs50,000 to the relatives for the treatment of the boy in Islamabad but that amount fell too short to meet the expenses at a place like Islamabad.
“The situation is depressing now as the family has exhausted all resources and is unable to continue his treatment anymore.”
He asked philanthropists to support the family in need of financial assistance.