NEWS DESK: Rohaan Sadiq, a four-month-old infant from Pakistan who underwent surgery in India, has passed away, his father said on Twitter.
Rohaan’s father, Kanwal Sadiq, said the baby died due to dehydration. The four-month infant had gone to Noida and was admitted in India’s Jaypee Hospital where he underwent a successful heart surgery.
My Rohaan passed away last night. He fought & conquered with major heart surgery but slipped and fell in grave due to little dehydration. pic.twitter.com/beI3F88Qz1
— Ken Sid (@KenSid2) August 7, 2017
Rohaan’s father expressed sorrow for losing his only child and thanked the Indian government and the people for trying their best to save his son. “Despite all efforts Rohan passed away to a better place,” he said on Twitter.
— Ken Sid (@KenSid2) August 8, 2017
Rohaan had a hole in his heart and a condition where the nerves of the heart and lung come from opposite direction because of which there is no oxygen flow in the blood. Due to the condition, Rohaan was unable to breathe properly.
He was taken to India for surgery as it could not be performed in Pakistan. The Indian High Commission in Pakistan had issued the visa to the child and his parents on the intervention of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Why my bud suffers for medical treatment!! Any answers Sir Sartaaj Azeez or Ma’am Sushma?? pic.twitter.com/p0MGk0xYBJ
— Ken Sid (@KenSid2) May 24, 2017
The visa was issued after the boy’s father made a desperate appeal to the Sushma on social media to allow his son to be treated in India for the ailment. The Indian external affairs minister had responded by promising to issue the visa saying, “No. The child will not suffer. Please contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will give the medical visa.”
Roohan’s father expressed sorrow for losing his only child and thanked the Indian government and the people for trying their best to save his son. “Despite all efforts Rohaan passed away to a better place,” he said on Twitter.
Many Pakistanis frequently travel to India for medical treatment particularly for liver transplant and heart treatment. India has, however, tightened the visa policy for patients from Pakistan in the wake of simmering tensions between the two countries. New Delhi has made it mandatory for Pakistanis seeking medical visa to provide covering letter from the Foreign Office.