Probe into special needs boy’s death

A nine-year-old boy with special needs has died in Dubai after the entire family took ill on Saturday.

By Amira Agarib And ?sajila Saseendran

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Published: Tue 24 Apr 2012, 12:40 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:59 PM

Authorities are investigating whether the death was caused by food poisoning or due to pest control operations at a neighbouring apartment on Thursday night.

The Indian boy, Awad F. K., was a primary student at the Al Noor Centre for Children with Special Needs.

Sources told Khaleej Times that the child’s family, including his parents, elder brother and a cousin had eaten a chicken meal at a popular fast food chain on Friday evening.

The cousin who does not stay with the family in their apartment in Muteena did not fall sick. Also, the last meal that the family ate was home-made dinner, according to sources.

Awad and his mother were the first ones to fall sick early in the morning on Saturday, followed by his father and brother, who is a senior school student. They suffered vomiting and dizziness.

Awad was pronounced dead on arrival at Al Baraha Hospital where the family was rushed to by noon. The hospital on Sunday said the child’s parents and brother were in a stable condition.

Sources said the family’s neighbours had conducted pest control at their apartment on Thursday night, leaving room for suspicion that the toxins could have come from the pesticides as well.

Officials from the Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police are investigating the incident in cooperation with health authorities.

In another incident, two Bangladeshi nationals and a Pakistani national were rushed to the Rashid Hospital after they started vomiting, following a meal on Sunday at 3pm at their labour accommodation in Jebel Ali. They are employees of a general maintenance company.

A source from the Dubai Police said that the Jebel Ali Police Station officials and ambulance rushed the three workers to the Rashid hospital.

The general maintenance company, where the affected are working at, has contract with a restaurant to supply food to the workers.

The workers started vomiting just after finishing their meal, said the police.

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