A five-year-old Indian boy who fell into a manhole, located alongside the Fish Market complex, is battling for life at the Paediatric Intensive Care unit of the Hamad Hospital.
Sources told this newspaper that the boy, identified as Fahim was on a visit to Doha where his father Mohamed Sirajuddin is employed as accountant in a private firm.
When contacted yesterday, Sirajuddin said his son remained in a critical condition. He said that Fahim had suffered severe brain damage and was not responding to calls.
According to the father, the boy is hooked up to a respirator.
The accident occurred when the family was returning after a visit to the market on the evening of September 10. Fahim was walking a few metres ahead of his parents who were carrying their other
child, an 18-month-old baby girl.
Sirajuddin had brought his wife, son Fahim and his baby daughter to Doha in April from their native Cudalloore in Tamil Nadu.
The manhole was located in a poorly-lighted area. “I was at our stall when I learnt about the incident,” said a person who went down the manhole risking his life to take the boy out. “The hole was filled with sewage
water up to my shoulder level.”
The rescuer said he had used a long hose to climb down the manhole which is reported to be more than 5.5m deep. He said it was more than 15 minutes after the boy “disappeared” that he was told about it and he immediately volunteered to go inside the manhole, along with another person, searching for the missing boy who was found lying unconscious at its bottom.
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