In order to treat the fractured leg of 11-month-old Zikra Malik, doctors at the city's Lok Nayak Hospital first plastered her doll to convince her for treatment. Zikra was rushed to the hospital after her thigh bone was fractured. Upon reaching the hospital, the child was not ready to take the treatment.
The parents of the child came up with a novel solution. They decided to bring Zikra's doll, Pari, to the hospital. "Even at home, she is always moving from one place to another and it's impossible to make her sit down for five minutes. On the first day at the hospital, she wasn't ready to lie down on the bed. She kept moving and doctors asked us to keep her legs straight for proper alignment. Then I asked my husband to get her favourite doll to the hospital. We just thought of putting Pari in the same position as Zikra - and it worked," said her mother, Fareen, to Indian Express.
"She was happy as soon as she saw the doll," she added.
Dr Ajay Gupta, Professor of Orthopedic at Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi: An 11-month-old girl suffering from a fracture was refusing treatment so her mother gave us idea to pretend to treat her doll first, as child is very close to the doll. It worked well & patient felt comforted. pic.twitter.com/I9JBh6ZsI6— ANI (@ANI) August 31, 2019
Dr Ajay Gupta was also full of praise for the child's mother for her timely intervention. "It was her mother's idea to replicate similar treatment method on her baby doll (Pari) to whom she is attached like a friend. We tied the doll in the same position. It worked like a charm," said Dr Gupta.
Dr Gupta also added that this has improved the atmosphere of the hospital. "The child took it in a positive light that her friend was also undergoing similar treatment. It has also lifted the atmosphere in the hospital as it is usually a place where people are in suffering or pain," he added.
Now, both of them lie next to each other on the same bed, and their friendship has become the talk of the ward. Zikra is expected to make a full recovery in another week.