Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nabarangpur, Jan 24:
Yet again another new born has been admitted to the district headquarters hospital here in a critical condition after being branded by a quack with broken pieces of red hot bangles to cure her of stomach illness.
The eight-day old new born was first admitted to the government hospital at Umerkote and later shifted to the district headquarters hospital here after her condition deteriorated.
“Her condition is critical. She is suffering from septicemia. It will take at least two-three days for her condition to improve,” said Dr Dharani Ranjan Satpathy, attending paediatrician at the Nabarangpur district headquarters hospital.
The baby girl from Goramba village under Jharigaon block had problems in breathing and feeding following which her family members believing it to be work of evil spirits had taken her to a witch doctor who branded the baby with hot glass bangles while assuring that it will cure her illness.
“The baby was not feeding properly and had breathing problems. We had taken her to a witch doctor. He branded her with hot bangles and said that she will be cured. But her condition deteriorated and we took her to the hospital at Umerkote. They referred her here,” said Binju Kalar, father of the new born.