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Boy’s body to be buried in Dubai

Sajila Saseendran / 23 April 2012

The nine-year-old boy who died on Saturday after his family had a bout of vomiting and dizziness, will be buried in Dubai, according to his father.

Awad F. K, an Indian child with special needs, was declared dead at Al Baraha Hospital where his family was admitted at noon on Saturday.

The father, mother and elder brother of the boy will be discharged from the hospital later today. “We were told we will be discharged today,” Awad’s father Firoz Khan told Khaleej Times from his hospital bed.

He said the family had not come to grips with the loss of Awad, who was a primary student at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs.

Awad’s body is currently in the police mortuary and will be released to the family after the legal formalities are over. Khan said the family has decided to bury the child in Dubai.

He said they are not in a mental and physical condition to fly the body to his hometown in the south Indian state of Kerala. Also, they have many relatives, including Khan’s brother, living here.

Meanwhile, authorities are continuing the investigation into the cause of the child’s death and the family’s illness. The Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police are conducting the investigation in association with the health officials.

The officials are probing the origin of the toxins that are said to have made the family fall sick in the wee hours of Saturday. The chances of food poisoning and poisoning from pesticides are being investigated.

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The family had eaten a chicken meal from a popular fast food chain on Friday evening and had home-made dinner later that night. However, Khan’s nephew, who had shared the chicken meal with his family, was not affected.

Since the nephew did not stay at Khan’s apartment, the family suspects that the toxins could have been released from their neighbour’s apartment where pesticides were sprayed on Thursday night.

The Dubai Municipality is expected to release a statement regarding the status of its preliminary investigation today.


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