A former Bradford man has spoken to the Asian Express about the anger, and subsequent heartache, his family has had to endure following the misdiagnosis of his five-year-old daughter which ultimately led to her death just a couple of days later.
43-year-old Marshal Aashtar, who now lives in Redbridge, Essex, took his daughter Fizzah Malik, a fun-loving sweet child, to see their GP at Ilford Medical Centre when she developed a high temperature, rash on her neck and sharp pain in the right side of her abdomen. He was told that all she needed was Calpol and ibuprofen as it was ‘just a viral infection’.
When Fizzah failed to recover, mum Ruby and Marshal decided they would take their little girl to an emergency drop-in centre at King George Hospital in Ilford.
The doctor examined Fizzah, who by this time had the rash on her tummy and gave the all-clear that she didn’t have Meningitis. Fizzah’s dad says that he was told by the doctor: “I have children of my own brother, don’t worry, it’s just a viral infection. Leave it to God and she’ll be better.”
But the next day she began throwing up.
Marshal says: “She was sat clutching her tummy and rocking back and forth whispering ‘Allah… Allah…’
“She’d never done this before and we were quite alarmed. We rang the GP’s surgery wanting to speak to a doctor straight away, but the receptionist wouldn’t even put us through.”
The father carried his daughter downstairs and laid her on the sofa whilst he warmed up a cup of milk for her. He joined his daughter in the living room and sat amongst the floor cushions.
“My beautiful little princess slid off the sofa and lay in my lap. Within a few minutes she suddenly looked up at me and her eyes rolled back,” said the heartbroken dad.
Marshal says that his wife and sons, Hasnain (16) and Haider (14) are grief-stricken and utterly heart-broken with the loss of their little ‘darling’. Fizzah was the youngest amongst the group of his nine nieces and was the little star of the family and was always the centre of attention.
“No-one can believe she’s gone, not even her school – which opened a book of condolences and have had their flag at half mast since Fizzah’s passing,” continued Marshal.
The Asian Express, on behalf of all its readers, would like to send their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of little Fizzah Malik. Rest in peace little angel.
“Painting was also one of her favourite hobbies, we have several drawings and paintings of hers and she was definitely daddy's little girl, but mum's best friend.” - Marshal (Dad)
“She was always beating me up. Hasnain even has a 15-minute video from 31st October 2013 of her beating me up! But I loved teasing her and getting beats... it was like our little thing.” - Haider Malik (Brother)
“She wouldn't leave my side, followed me everywhere, to the point where I found it difficult to study, because I guess she adored me so much and always wanted to play.” - Hasnain Malik (Brother)