Pakistani infant who underwent successful heart surgery in India dies

Published: August 9, 2017


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.

Ailing Pakistani infant reaches India for medical treatment

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.


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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.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Kushal
    Aug 9, 2017 - 12:42PM

    RIP Rohan, I pray to God that next time you are born in India so that you need no “clearance” from anyone for a medical treatment.Recommend

  • rustam
    Aug 9, 2017 - 12:54PM

    The cause of death is stated to be dehydration!
    The parents could arrange heart surgery to treat a hole in son’s heart but they could not manage his hydration!

  • Anuj
    Aug 9, 2017 - 12:56PM

    @Kushal as a Hindu.Recommend

  • ethicalman
    Aug 9, 2017 - 1:15PM

    No matter how many good will gestures India will show towards Pakistan but they will be fed hate towards Hindus.Recommend

  • Manika
    Aug 9, 2017 - 1:18PM

    Who knows, may be the “next time” the better hospitals are on another side ? Recommend

  • Zubair
    Aug 9, 2017 - 1:47PM

    Rather pray he is born healthy instead of being born in India…..please keep politics away from humanityRecommend

  • Hasham
    Aug 9, 2017 - 1:58PM

    Kushal, I am very sad on your comments.
    I would have wished, wherever anybody gets born, he/she should get the best medical treatment, in context of Pakistan and India, may the country have peaceful ties, so that nobody needs a clearance for anything.Recommend

  • Kumar Sunil Rai
    Aug 9, 2017 - 2:13PM

    @Kushal Let him be born in Pakistan, but healthy so that he doesn’t need a visa. Or better, hopefully, Pakistan produces as good doctors and hospitals as India. Or better, these two countries end their hostilities and give each other shoulders when they need to be consoled. Recommend

  • SunTest
    Aug 9, 2017 - 2:41PM

    Very sad indeed! Hope the family has the strength to overcome the loss.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Aug 9, 2017 - 2:48PM


    Well Said. Let him be born anywhere in the World but healthy! No one needs to earn any brownie points here. The least any country and her citizens can do is to offer helping hand to an ailing child.

    This could have been done by any country. I am glad his parents chose India and Indian doctors could help.

    Sad to hear of his death. May his soul rest in peace!Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Aug 9, 2017 - 2:54PM

    He should born as a Human being only anywhere. No need of any religion tag. It should be his personal matter.Recommend

  • Viraf Mehta
    Aug 9, 2017 - 8:43PM

    @Kushal and @Anuj:
    As an Indian I am ashamed at your comments. Here is an infant who passed away leaving his parents who have already gone through the trauma of his hospitalisation, and then, the pain of losing him. I wish you were a bit more empathetic in your comments. May little Roohan RIP. Recommend

  • Shah S
    Aug 9, 2017 - 11:08PM

    @Viraf Mehta: Humanity is alive and kicking as long as people like you are also there … and for people like Kushal and Anuj it will come on their front face when they lose their child… Till then such inhuman feelings by such people need to be condemned as their contribution to humanity is a big hole of darkness; Recommend

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