Pellet-hit Palhallan Boy Being Airlifted to Delhi For Eye Surgery

Riyaz Ul Khaliq



Hamid Nazir
Hamid Nazir

Father of a pellet-hit Palhallan boy Tuesday said to avoid delay in medical treatment of his 16-year-old boy son, he is airlifting him to Delhi on Thursday for an immediate surgical operation.

“Some pellets are still there in his right eye,” Nazir Ahmad Bhat, father of pellet-hit boy told Kashmir Life. “I fear the delay might further worsen his eyesight. I don’t want to take chances with the health of my son.” Therefore, he said, “I have decided to airlift him to Delhi for an immediate specialised treatment.”

Nazir said Hamid was shifted from JVC to SMHS hospital for treatment yesterday after MoS Health Asiya Naqash visited the hospital and ensured all government support. But he said somewhere down the line, “a will of immediate treatment is missing.” At SMHS, he said, “the doctors told me that they will operate my son’s right eye on Monday, which I believe will delay his medical treatment.” The grievous father said that he doesn’t want to take chances with the “blurred sight” of his son.

“Let me shell out all my savings, besides if I will take a loan to ensure the proper treatment of my son,” he said.

Notably, a Class 10 student, Hamid was on way to coaching centre on May 21—the day Kashmir was observing the Hawal Massacre, besides the twin death anniversaries when he came in the ‘line of fire’ in Palhallan. The pellet bore his face, eyes, chin, forehead and skull. The moment medical check-up followed, the medicos concluded that the boy might lose the sight of his right eye.

“My son was made victim of no fault of his,” Nazir said. “Now, I want to ensure that his blurred sight must not get anymore worse.”

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