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Casper dies of a yet-to-be-diagnosed medical condition at a Dhaka hospital. (Facebook photo)

Goodbye, Casper!

Muhammad Sadman Casper, also known as “little ghost” passed away at a Dhaka Hospital yesterday.  The boy was first admitted to Royal Hospital, a private clinic in Chittagong, on August 19, with complaints of rectal bleeding. Numerous tests failed to find the reason behind the bleeding, which did not stop even after doctors conducted a surgery on August 23. Child Specialist Dr Utpal Das of the clinic said, “It’s a rare case and nothing could be diagnosed yet.”

Through the social media platform and other networks, “Living with forest” tried to contact doctors and specialists at home and abroad, who may come up with an explanation and cure for the child’s ailment.  On doctors’ advice, the family decided to shift Casper to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and left for the capital in an ambulance on August 25. “Doctors of the children’s ward had decided to operate to find out the cause of the bleeding,” Brig Gen (retd) Abdul Majid Bhuiyan, director of BSMMU, said.

“But the bleeding stopped after a second operation was conducted on him on 28 Aug” adding that the child’s condition was better. However, his health started to deteriorate the following afternoon. His lungs malfunctioned, BP fell and urination stopped. Casper was on ventilation (life support). That night he was transferred to another hospital in the Capital where his condition worsened, says the Facebook page opened for Casper.

Casper was a resident of Chittagong and his father Tofazzal Hossain Apu, a trekker since 2002, is a member of trekking group “Living with Forest”, agency reports.

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