Rohaan Sadiq, a four-month infant from Pakistan who underwent surgery in India has passed away, his father said on Twitter.
Rohaan’s father Kanwal Sadiq said that the baby died because of dehydration. The four-month infant had gone to Noida and was admitted in India’s Jaypee Hospital where he underwent a successful heart surgery.
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.
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 breath 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 India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
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 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 media visa to provide covering letter from the Foreign Office.