UAE | Emergencies

11-year-old girl dies in Sharjah hospital

Doctors suspect pesticide poisoning may be to blame for death of 11-year-old Iraqi girl

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:00 July 1, 2013
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: An 11-year-old Iraqi girl died on Monday morning two days after being admitted to hospital with suspected food poisoning. Doctors now suspect pesticide poisoning may have caused her death.

Maha Ebrahim was admitted to hospital along with her six-year-old brother and mother complaining of vomiting and stomach pains. They told hospital staff they felt ill after eating a home-cooked meal.

The mother, Dr Hind Esmail, who works at Al Qasimi Hospital, is still in a coma while her six-year-old son Mohammad has been transferred to Khalifa Hospital due to his worsening condition.

Abdul Wahid Al Wahidi, head of the surgical department at Al Qasimi Hospital, said investigations revealed food poisoning was not behind the tragedy as initially thought.

The girl’s father, Ebrahim, an engineer in his fifties, his 18-year-old son and the family’s maid were not affected.

A tearful Ebrahim told Gulf News that one of his neighbours was using pesticides and that people in two other apartments were affected.

After visiting Al Qasimi Hospital on Friday the Iraqi family members were discharged but were admitted the next day when their conditions had not improved.

Maha’s body has been transferred to the forensic laboratory for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

An investigation is underway.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 14:15 July 2, 2013

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAYHI RAJIOON

    ashraf bharde, dubai, India

  2. Added 11:08 July 2, 2013

    Prior to pesticide any residential or commercial flat, pest control company and tenant must obtain NOC from competent authority. Neighboring tenants should be informed prior to execute the job, Building watchman or Security Guards to be informed. If the competent authority makes the above as a mandatory requirement prior to take any pesticide activity then this kind of fetal incidents can be averted. Violators should be strictly punished.

    Abdul Malik, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:05 July 2, 2013

    Building Watchman To take responsibility, before Pest control watchman to be check their license and metrials of pest control.

    Ayaz, Sharjah, India

Gulf News
Community Reports

More from Community Reports

Quick Links

  1. Business

  2. Sport

  3. The latest Entertainment news

  4. The latest Lifestyle stories

  5. Opinion

Gulf Country Finder

  1. The latest news from the UAE

  2. Saudi Arabia

  3. Qatar

  4. Bahrain

  5. Oman

  6. Kuwait

  7. Yemen

Region Country Finder

  1. Syria

  2. Palestinian territories

  3. Jordan

  4. Lebanon

  5. Iran

  6. Iraq

  7. Egypt

Influencers

  1. United States of America

  2. India

  3. Pakistan

  4. United Kingdom

Regions

  1. Gulf

  2. Region

  3. The latest news from around the world