Grieving dad’s plea to hospital chiefs over son Arslan’s death

Grieving dad’s plea to hospital chiefs over son Arslan’s death

A GRIEVING dad from Ravensthorpe turned down a meeting with health chiefs over the death of his disabled son.

Father-of-five Mohammed Aslam said he and his family are still so upset that details from a face-to-face discussion would not sink in.

He believes a letter about son Arslan, who suffered from muscular dystrophy, would be easier to deal with.

Arslan, 16, died on March 25, five days after complex surgery to insert a rod into his back at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The eight-hour procedure was to allow him to sit up straight and improve his quality of life.

Arslan seemed to be recovering well but he suffered a cardiac arrest and showed no signs of life for about 24 minutes.

He was revived but had suffered massive brain damage and passed away at the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield.

Hospital bosses offered to meet Mr Aslam but he said: “I’m in no fit state to listen. I’d appreciate it if the hospital could put things in writing and in words that I can understand.

“I’m no medical expert. All I know is I’ve lost a wonderful child and I don’t think it was his time to go.”

Mr Aslam added of his family: “We’ve not got a grip on our emotions yet. We’re in bits and things feel absolutely raw.

“We’re waking up in the middle of night and breaking down. I therefore hope the hospital can tell us in writing what went wrong.”

A sponsored walk in aid of muscular dystrophy charities is due to be held on Friday, June 26.

It will leave from Mirfield Free Grammar, where Arslan’s brother Rizwan, 12, is a pupil, to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital said they would consider sending a letter.

She added: “Our sympathies are with Mr Aslam and his family during this time.

“We are more than happy to discuss any questions that they have in relation to the sad death of their son and ask them to contact the hospital directly.”

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