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Battered Afreen dies after cardiac arrest

Bangalore: Three-month-old baby Afreen, allegedly battered and abused by her father for being born a girl, died at a hospital here today after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Afreen had convulsions at 10.00 AM and later suffered a cardiac arrest, Dr Some Gowda, Resident Medical Superintendent of Vani Vilas Hospital, where the child was admitted two days ago said. The baby was in a semi-comatose state after her condition deteriorated today following two convulsions on Tuesday evening.

Afreen, who was on life support system, had hurried respiration of 30-40 per minute against the normal 20-25 and also Pathycardia (increased heart rate), Gowda said. Speaking to reporters, hospital authorities said Afreen was getting convulsions and bleeding which aggravated the cardiac arrest, leading to the baby`s death at 11.10 AM.

Vani Vilas hospital had sought help from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) for Afreen`s treatment. Her father Umar Farooq, who allegedly tortured the baby because he wanted a boy, is in judicial custody till April 21. He was arrested on April 8 on a complaint by Afreen`s mother Reshma, who allegedly witnessed the abuse and wants the hardest punishment for him.

Afreen was admitted to the paediatric intensive care in the hospital on Sunday. She had cigarette burns on her head and a dislocated neck. Police had said Farooq has confessed to having tried to kill his daughter as he did not want a girl baby.

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