In a shocking turn of events, an unidentified animal has eaten part of the face of a dead baby kept inside a freezer at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue.
The one-and-a-half-year-old Md Sohan Hawlader, had died around 9:30am on Thursday while undergoing treatment at the DMCH burn unit.
His father Md Sohag Hawlader said his only son had been admitted to DMCH on April 26 after boiling lentil soup was accidentally dropped on the child at their home at Gulshan’s Nadda.
Sohan had suffered 16% burns on his body.
Sohag said: “After Sohan died Thursday morning, hospital officials had kept his body in a freezer at the DMCH emergency department’s morgue around 10am. It was brought out when Gulshan police officials arrived to conduct a formal inquest around 1pm. That is when we saw that Sohan’s left cheek was bloody as a chunk of it had been eaten by something.”
“My son suffered so much before dying. And now some animal ate parts of his face inside a hospital?” the grief-stricken father asked.
DMCH police outpost’s Sub-Inspector Md Bachchu Mia said it was suspected that either rats or mongoose were responsible for the incident. “Rats or a mongoose may have gotten inside the freezer through a hole in the back or maybe the freezer’s door was somehow open.”
Confirming the incident, Gulshan police station Sub-Inspector Md Faruk Alam said Sohan’s body was handed over to the family with an autopsy following a request from the father.
DMCH Director Big Gen AKM Nasir Uddin had rushed to the scene after learning of the incident and apologized to the family.
Nasir told the family and police that they would investigate the matter and actions against those responsible from the hospital’s emergency department would follow.
“We will make sure that a similar incident does not take place in the future,” he said.
However, when asked whether they had formed a probe committee, the DMCH director told the Dhaka Tribune: “We are not interested in discussing the matter. You can write down whatever you understand.”