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NACO Assures Help to AIDS-afflicted Jharkhand Boy

Almost a decade later Ahmed and Faizan are struggling for existence, face more legal battles and hope for justice.

Prabhakar Kumar | CNN-News18prabhakar007

Updated:June 2, 2016, 8:04 AM IST
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New Delhi: Nearly 10 years after Faizan Ahmed was given HIV infected blood during a treatment for anaemia at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) has contacted his family in Jharkhand and assured all possible help.

"They asked us about the problems that we are facing in the treatment. I told them about our financial condition and the issues I face in arranging for medicines and nutritional meals. They have assured me that they will discuss and see how they can help us," Faizan's father Naseer Ahmed said.

CNN News 18 had first reported in 2007 about Faizan. Now his desperate father, a resident of Garhwa in Jharkhand, has got in touch with the channel again hoping that someone would hear him out and help him save his dying son.

The 16-year-old Faizan, who now is suffering from full blown AIDS, and his family are fighting a battle which they are unlikely to win. "I have no strength left to fight," a dejected Ahmed said.

In 2007 Delhi High Court had held Safdarjung Hospital liable for injecting Faizan with a HIV+ blood and ordered the hospital to bear his medical expenses.

The Central Government was asked to monitor Faizan’s situation and step in if Safdarjung Hospital failed to provide him with medical help," says Ahmed’s laywer Sughriva Dubey.

Almost a decade later Ahmed and Faizan are struggling for existence, face more legal battles and hope for justice.

"He does not have much time left. His is suffering from AIDS," Ahmed says matter of fact and then narrates the story of his family’s 10-year long struggle.

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