Abandoned, little Salman will spend Eid at children hospital

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Srinagar: Born with a neurological ailment, this infant was abandoned by his parents soon after his birth. Three months on, little Salman continues to live at GB Panth Childrens Hospital, here, where he is likely to spend the Eid festival, when most other children of his age will be pampered by their parents.

This afternoon, as people were busy with Eid preparedness, a social media post by the hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr Shafqat Khan, generated an emotional outpouring.

“The abandoned boy Salman in our Hospital. Happy Eid boy we are all with u,” Dr Khan posted. While netizens instantly wished best for the baby, some phoned the hospital authorities to ascertain who the boy was “as he didn’t look to be abandoned.” “Though we are looking after him and our female staff pampers him a lot, but the bitter reality is that nobody has till now come forward to own this little angel,” Dr Khan told Kashmir Observer.

Earlier this year two infants were abandoned by their biological parents. Both the babies had health issues.

Though the baby girl with a congenital problem was fortunate enough to be adopted by a family, Salman continues to be alone.

He was found by people on the stairs of a local shrine in Srinagar. He was subsequently brought to the hospital by some locals and has been admitted there since. The baby boy, as per the health professionals, has some neurologic issue.

The story of Salman not just exposes the inhuman nature of those who abandoned him but also raises questions as to what our system has to offer to such children.

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