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Last Updated: Monday, 14 July, 2003, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
'Miracle' crash child is 'critical but stable'
Mohammed el-Fateh Osman
Mohammed's treatment is being paid for by the president of the United Arab Emirates.
A two-year-old boy who was the sole survivor of a Sudanese plane crash which killed 116 people, is in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital.

Mohammed el-Fateh Osman is being treated at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, after receiving care for the worst of his injuries at Great Ormond Street children's hospital in London.

The toddler, who lost part of a lower leg and is critically ill with severe burns, is being comforted by his father, uncle and aunt. His mother died in the plane crash.

He is expected to stay at the hospital, which has a specialist burns unit, for several weeks, at the expense of the president of the United Arab Emirates.

On Monday, Broomfield hospital described Mohammed's condition as "critical but stable".

A spokesman said that Mohammed had undergone surgery on Sunday, but would not disclose details of the operation.

'Urgent injuries'

The two-year-old arrived at Great Ormond Street on Friday.

A hospital spokesman said he was moved on to a paediatric unit at Broomfield on Saturday.

"A team of specialists at Great Ormond Street examined Mohammed, carried out a number of investigations, and treated his most urgent injuries," the spokesman said.

"At this stage it was felt the burns became the most pressing issue for treatment. It was therefore concluded that Mohammed would be treated in a specialist burns unit."

'Miracle'

Mohammed is said to have been found lying by a tree by a nomad, after the Sudan Airways Boeing 737 crashed on its way from Port Sudan Airport to Khartoum on July 8.

Shortly before the crash the pilot radioed the control tower about a problem in one of the engines.

Sudan's aviation minister, Mohammed Hassan al-Bahi, said it was a "miracle dictated by God' that Mohammed survived.

A passenger list showed at least 14 of the passengers were children, including four babies.

The only British victim of the crash was Oxfam worker Nicholas Meadows.




SEE ALSO:
Dangers of flying in Africa
09 May 03  |  Africa
Country profile: Sudan
06 Jun 03  |  Country profiles
Timeline: African air disasters
31 Jan 00  |  Africa


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