MADINAH: A Pakistani family here lost two children while three other
members are still in hospital in critical condition due to food poisoning
that may involve insecticide.
Khaled Husain, the father of the two children,
told Arab News that he bought a fast food meal from one of the famous
restaurants in Madinah at around 2 p.m. last
He said his children started showing symptoms of sickness immediately
after taking the food.
"The condition of my five-year-old son, Hisham,
was very critical so I took him to the ER at the Ansar Hospital," said Husain.
"While there my wife called and told me that our daughter Aisha is
facing the same problems."
He said an ambulance went and picked up the rest of the family to the
hospital, but Aisha's condition was getting worse.
Police have not released the name of the restaurant, but said they were
investigating the possibility that the poisoning may have had a different
Arab News cannot publish the name of the restaurant without the
authorities doing so first in order to protect against potential defamation
According to Husain, his son died at 4 a.m. and his daughter two hours
later. His other two children, Sami, 3, and Wafa,
1, and his pregnant wife are still receiving treatment at the hospital.
the spokesman of Madinah police, said that
investigations were still proceeding to know the causes of the poisoning.
Ahmad Barbushi, the acting general supervisor
of the Medical Information Department in Madinah,
said the doctors made every effort to save the children.
"The Health Affairs office sent a team to the home of the victims
and found a highly poisonous insecticide, which might have affected the
family," said Barbushi, who also added that
they had sent blood samples in for lab tests.