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Neurosurgeon dismisses claim that Khaleel Hussain’s death was caused by falling down the stairs
Two year old Khaleel was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in October of 2013 following an alleged fall down the stairs. Khaleel was being cared for by his mother’s boyfriend, Keith Brown. Khaleel was rushed for emergency surgery due to severe swelling to his brain. Khaleel sadly died from his injuries the day after surgery.
Brown was charged with Khaleel’s murder by the Crown Prosecution Service. His mother is also facing charges for allowing the death of a child by leaving Khaleel in his care – the previous week she had found Brown smothering Khaleel with a duvet. Both deny the charges.
At the trial Consultant Neurosurgeon, Desiderio Rodrigues, who operated on Khaleel, has dismissed the couples claim that his injuries were caused by falling down the stairs. Instead he opined that had he fallen down the stairs the swelling to his brain would be unlikely to be as severe as it was. Additionally, Khaleel had no external injuries that one would expect following such a fall. He believed that the global injury to Khaleel’s brain was likely to have been caused by falling from quite a significant height.
14 months after being charged with his murder, Brown changed his account of the incident by alleging that instead of falling down the stairs, he dropped him whilst playing.
The trial continues
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