Girl, two, ‘cannot wake up’ after falling asleep the day after Christmas: Doctors are baffled by Kazakh child’s condition that stops her properly regaining consciousness
- Shynar Bekmagambetova’s daughter left in a coma-like state for eight months
- Ayaulym was put to bed on Boxing Day but never fully regained consciousness
- She can open her eyes for a limited time and cry but cannot focus on anything
- Doctors in Kazakhstan and Russia mystified as to cause of two-year-old’s illness
Doctors in Russia and Kazakhstan have been left baffled by what caused a two-year-old girl to not properly regain consciousness after falling asleep eight month ago.
The girl had seemed healthy and alert when she was put to bed by her mother, Shynar Bekmagambetova, on Boxing Day but has been unable to fully wake up.
Ayaulym was speaking well for her age but is now in hospital in her home city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan, local media state.
She is in a coma-like state being fed through a tube, with her eyes occasionally opening, according to Russian media reports.
Now aged two, the toddler can open her eyes for limited periods, sometimes cries and reacts to being touched, but she cannot focus on anything or anyone and shows no outward sign of being properly awake.
Shynar Bekmagambetova with her daughter Ayaulym. The toddler was out to bed on December 26 last year and has not fully regained consciousness since
Medics say they are mystified as to the cause of her condition, having carried out ‘all possible tests’.
Her desperate mother, Shynar, who is a history teacher, visits the hospital to feed Ayaulym with home cooked meals by syringe three times each day.
Shynar told Russia broadcasters: ‘She was my clever one. She was saying ”mummy” and ”daddy” – everything was right, an absolutely healthy child.’
Physically, she continues to grow more or less normally despite never seeming to wake and has even seen 10 new teeth grow since being admitted to hospital on December 26 last year.
Ayaulym’s mother broke down as she described her two-year-old daughter’s plight
The toddler has been in a coma-like state with her eyes only occasionally opening in the last eight months
Shynar added: ‘Every day she opens her eyes, and cries as if asking: ”Mum, do something so that I finally wake up”. She just needs help.’
Doctors treating her believe the child may have suffered a viral infection in the womb that damaged brain cells with a delayed reaction, only becoming apparent later.
But consultations with specialists in Kazakhstan and Russia have produced no consensus as to the cause of her problems, reports in local media state.
Recent tests have shown the girl is physically healthy but doctors said her neurological reactions are fading as she remains in an unconscious state.
Some doctors have told the mother to put the child into a hospital for children with long-term illnesses but she refuses to do so, believing her daughter will wake as suddenly as she fell asleep.
Shynar from Karaganda in Kazakhstan with her daughter. Doctors have not been able to find out what made the little girl so sick
She said: ‘I can’t just give up while she is looking at me like this. And I do not want doctors to believe that my child is hopeless.’
Leading specialists will fly from Moscow to examine the girl in the hope of being able to find out what caused her illness.
Nina Derkach, deputy director of medical services at the regional children’s clinical hospital in Karaganda, said: ‘The mother so wants her baby to wake up.
‘We are not able to do this for now. But we are doing everything to support her vital functions.’