Nusrat had suffered 80% burn injuries to her body following an arson attack
Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was set on fire by unknown miscreants on April 6, died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after battling her 80% burn injuries for five days.
The 18-year-old madrasa student from Feni’s Sonagazi upazila passed away around 9:30pm on Wednesday after her condition deteriorated critically.
Doctors cited four reasons for why they could not save the teenage girl from dying.
DMCH Plastic Surgery Department’s Assistant Professor Dr Tanvir Ahmed said: “Nusrat had major burn injuries to 8o% of her body, and 60% of those injuries were deep. Her respiratory system also suffered burns.
“Kerosene is toxic, and it severely damaged her lungs and brain. She died because of those fatal injuries.”
The doctor further said: “In cases where a person is set on fire with the intention of claiming the life, the surviving victims’ condition usually becomes critical.
“We [doctors] do not think this is a case of suicide, considering her condition before her death.
Echoing this, DMCH burn unit Coordinator Dr Samanta Lal Sen said: “Patients who receive burn injuries to 80% of their bodies, suffer from multiple serious health complications. It is a rare occurrence for patients to survive the wounds.
“Nusrat died from a cardiac arrest, and her death was sudden. The doctors from Singapore had also told us that the chances of Nusrat’s survival were very low.”
Nusrat’s family says the girl was set on fire by supporters of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa Principal, Sirajuddaula, on the institute’s roof on April 6, for previously lodging a rape attempt case against him.