Man who attempted self-immolation shifted out of hospital

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 24, 2014.

The family of a man who survived attempted self-immolation on Saturday shifted him out of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) a day later to get treatment elsewhere, hospital and police officials confirmed.

The man, a 24-year-old university student, had suffered third-degree burns on 90 per cent of his body, according to PIMS Burns Centre medical staff.

“The patient’s condition was still critical with third-degree burns when his family decided to shift him to another hospital on Sunday,” a PIMS Burns Centre medical officer said.

The man and his family are originally from Lahore but he was studying at the National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad.

He sprinkled kerosene on his body near Pir Sohawa on Saturday and set himself on fire. But people helped him shifted him to the hospital after he ran on to the main road with his body in flames.

The man’s father is a retired Army officer, according to police.

A duty officer at the Kohsar police station, who looked after the case on Saturday, said the patient’s parents wanted to take him to the Burns Centre at the Combined Military Hospital in Kharian cantonment.

But PIMS authorities said the father was not sure about which hospital he would take his son to next. They said he had told them he might take the son for treatment at the Mayo Hospital in Lahore.

Kohsar police have registered a case against the man on self-immolation charges. But police said they had not exactly confirmed the reason behind the suicide attempt. They said the man told them he tried to commit suicide of his own volition.

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