KOTA BARU: A five-year-old girl, who was believed to have been abused, underwent an intestinal surgery here.
Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital director Datuk Dr Ghazali Hasni Md Hassan said the surgery was necessary as the girl’s intestine was twisted.
“She was brought into the operating theatre at 10.30am and the surgery was completed in an hour.
“Her condition is stable and she will not be able to eat anything for now until she is healed,” he told a media conference at his office, Monday.
Also present were Kelantan Social Welfare Department director Mohamad Hanafi Maulud and deputy director Norazaman Ab Manaf.
Ghazali said the girl was being given intensive care and not allowed to have visitors, including family members and the media, except her mother.
On the condition of her fractured ribs, he said it would take three to six months to heal depending on her health condition.
He said a CT scan was conducted on the girl and there were no injuries to the internal organs.
The girl, allegedly abused in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas, was found to have 10 broken bones, in the ribs, backbone and right shoulder, and a dislocated hip.
She was also said to be suffering from pneumonia, severe trauma and bruises on the chest, abdomen and back.
The girl was found by her 28-year-old mother in a weak condition with bruises and scars on her body and a wound on her head, and was hunched, apparently due to the broken backbone.
She is now placed under the care of the Social Welfare Department.
The girl’s father and her stepmother have been remanded to facilitate investigations. — BERNAMA