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Boy hurt at Sharjah Water Festival still critical

Three-year-old child has been undergoing treatment since December 18

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:50 January 7, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy the Al Zayodi family
  • Khalifa Obaid Al Zayodi

Sharjah: The three-year-old Emirati boy, who was injured during an amusement park ride during the Sharjah Water Festival, is still in critical condition in hospital, Gulf News has learnt.

Khalifa Obaid Al Zayodi is undergoing treatment at the Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah after he suffered severe brain injuries in a freak accident on December 18 when his head was struck in a spinning part of the ‘Crazy Fire’ ride area during the Sharjah Water Festival in Al Majaz Park.

Al Zayodi has still not regained consciousness and has not been able to breathe well enough to be taken off the ventilator, doctors at the hospital said.

Dr Satish Krishnan, senior Neurological surgeon at Al Qasimi Hospital, told Gulf News that although the boy is getting better, his condition is still critical.

“His condition continues to remain critical. There is a lot of damage to the brain,” Dr Krishnan added.

The boy continues to be fed through a tube. “At this stage, we are just hoping that his body reacts to the treatment. He continues to remain unconscious. There was some movement in his body recently. Otherwise, he continues to remain on the ventilator. He did breathe in between but it was not enough for him to be taken off the system,” added Dr Krishnan.

An X-ray was taken of the boy’s head last week to determine his condition. The boy will need a longer time to recover, Dr Krishnan added

The boy’s father, Obaid Al Zayodi told Gulf News he hopes to see his son out of the Critical Care Unit (CCU) and recover as soon as possible. “Representatives of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), are coming and asking about the health of my son and they were following up his case,” he said.

An official at SCTDA said that they were following up the boy’s condition.

The police are also following the case with the company and its staff who were responsible for setting up the rides.

Comments (8)

  1. Added 17:19 January 8, 2013

    It is the parents' responsibility first of all. I do not completely agree with blaming the rides operators. Parents should use their instincts on everything. A 3 year old boy should not be on that ride. The second blame goes to the operator, due to allowing a toddler to ride.

    FMacaso, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:31 January 8, 2013

    I will pray to Allah that he will recover soon and stop blaming others, accident happened lets just pray for Him.

    Maileen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:13 January 8, 2013

    Yes this is an accident that nobody likes to happen but we can have measures to prevent this from happening again. some rides have signage that reads as "RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK" which should not be the case. Operators should have safety or precautionary measures to follow, like the height, weight, age for a kid. seat belts should also be provided. for the parents: bringing them to "paradise" (like carnivals) of course they would love to have everything, but we must impose the rules and limitations. it all boils down to discipline

    jenny, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:34 January 8, 2013

    Both parents and operator are responsible. First of all parents shouldn't let children of small age catogories to go for such a ride, because he is too small for it or else they should acompany him. Secondly, the operator shouldn't let children of small age catogaries for such a ride. If they do then definitly parents should acompany the child.

    Well Wisher, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:50 January 8, 2013

    Parents are responsible for their children. end of story. I have seen countless parents not keeping an eye on their children aged 2-3 years instead allow them to roam freely in dangerous places.

    Waleed Hakim, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:10 January 8, 2013

    I will do duwa for this boy that he'll back on his normal life. I am also father and I can undersatnd feeling of his parents. InshaAllha he will be healthy and smile angain yo release his parents pain.

    Nadeem khan, Al ain, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:05 January 8, 2013

    Parents are not only responsible for this accident. The ride team is more responsible. Parents don't know about risk of that ride, ride team should not allow them at all. If there were safety norms followed how this accident happened? This is issue is very serious for our children's safety.

    Nadeem khan, Al ain, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:10 January 8, 2013

    why the parents allowed the kids to ride? he's still young. Or much better, they accompanied their children or kids if they want to go for a ride, especially at a young age. When I went to Global Village I was shocked to see a child, I think he was only 2-3 years old, on a ride alone with other kids much older. I was too scared he might fall down. I am thinking why the parents let them go for a ride alone?why they trust? its only kid and dont know anything. In philippines we also have carnival like this festival and have rides, but the operator not allowed if you are young age. They need to be accompanied by their parents or an adult because we dont know what will happen.

    madeleine, dubai, Philippines

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