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Quetta Church bomb survivor Baby needs urgent medical care

London: January 5, 2018. (PCP) A one-and-a-half-year-old child victim of the Quetta Methodist Church Bomb attack is fighting to save her life after poor medical treatment at Civil Hospital, Quetta has led to a serious gangrene infection that has already lead to the loss of her right foot.

During the Islamist attack on 17th December 2017, Aleeza Ashraf was struck by several bits of shrapnel from the detonation of an explosive device worn by one of the two terrorists who attacked the church. The shrapnel embedded themselves in Aleeza's abdomen and her right foot causing excessive bleeding and pain, which resulted in Aleeza falling unconscious and her family believing that she was dead.

When BPCA first visited her only days after the attack doctors caring for Aleeza advised our officers and the family that she was recovering slowly from her injuries. They failed to recognise the onset of gangrene which had resulted due to an obstruction in her right dorsalis pedis artery - a blood vessel of the lower limb that carries oxygenated blood to the dorsal surface of the foot.

The obstruction to blood supply lead to formation of gangrene and has already resulted in her left foot having been amputated.

Since then, a range of other minor infections have affected her multiple wounds especially around the the sites of the surgery and concern still exists that the gangrene will return. Aleeza has also developed bed sores on her back and concern has arisen that all of the infections may lead to sepsis, toxemia.

The parents have been advised that Aleeza needs special care and must be shifted to a specialist hospital. The family cannot afford the high costs for medication at Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi which they have been told would be able to provide more effective care.

BPCA have agreed to pay the initial flight cost for Aleeza and her sister Rimla Ashraf (18 yrs) and the initial fees for the hospital. BPCA are already organising the flights and have instructed Aga Khan Hospital who await the arrival of Aleeza. Some other family members will reach the location by travelling via a coach service.

The mother of Aleeza, Shamim Bibi cannot travel due to being admitted to hospital due to severe abdominal injury that requires her to use a colostomy bag. She is calling for people to pray for her health to improve so she can soon travel to meet with her daughter and for donors to help her innocent child survive the injuries she has suffered. Shamim Bibi, said:

"Aleeza is innocent, she has done no wrong. She does not have the ability to speak or to cause anyone any harm. At such a young and vulnerable age, she has lost her right foot and has suffered pain that no child should have to go through.

"Aleeza was born healthy and in a loving family and we will support her whatever condition she ends up in. However, at the moment unless she survives through this terrible time we may not see her alive for much longer.

"Please pray for her and ask our great God to save her life."

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: "This family have gone through enough trauma, more so than many people could cope with. Mother Shamim is bed bound in Quetta while her daughter of less than two years is required to travel 450 miles away for special medical care.

"The emotions the family have been put through have been immense especially when you consider initially they thought their child had been killed in the attack.

"We desperately want to bring some normality back into the lives of this family and would like to help restore Aleeza to her original health, albeit without a body part. To do this we need your help and pray some of you respond to this urgent appeal."

An estimate for the total cost for treatment, air tickets and medicine is set at 3703, however Aga Khan Hospital have already intimated that these costs could increase depending on the nature of her infections and the treatment required to bring her back to a place of stability.

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