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Doctor tells murder trial that toddler's heart was restarted

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Image caption Inaya Ahmed was alone on a double bed when an ambulance crew responded to a 999 call, the court was told

A murder trial has heard that a toddler's heart was restarted by doctors after paramedics responded to a 999 call.

Dr Colin Begg, a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, was part of a team who tried to save Inaya Ahmed.

The girl's mother Sadia Ahmed, 28, denies murdering her 14-month-old daughter on 17 April last year.

Inaya's life support equipment was switched off three days later.

Dr Begg told the court that at 11:57am on 17 April Inaya's heartbeat resumed but the prognosis was not good.

The court was earlier told that paramedics arrived to find Inaya lifeless at the house in Drumchapel, Glasgow, approximately 45 minutes earlier. She had stopped breathing.

Sadia Ahmed is accused of smothering the child.

Questioning Dr Begg, prosecutor Paul Kearney said: "There are two ways the airways can be affected - one is smothering and the other is choking - are the medical effects the same?" and Dr Begg replied: "Yes.'

The consultant said that in his 18-year career in paediatrics he had only come across between five and 10 children who choked to death.

'Uncommon' death

He said the only research paper he had seen was compiled by the Department of Trade and Industry which revealed that in 1999 a total of 25 children choked to death in the UK.

Mr Kearney said: "So it is relatively uncommon?" and Dr Egg responded: "Yes.'

Another consultant paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Children, Dr Warren Rodrigues, also gave evidence.

He was the doctor who later told Inaya's parents, Suleman Ahmed and his wife, that their daughter had irreversible brain damage caused by lack of oxygen.

He was with them when the life support equipment was switched off on 20 April.

Defence QC Ian Duguid asked Dr Rodrigues: "Were both of the parents very upset?" and he replied: "That's correct."

The QC then said: "The child's mother was so upset that she collapsed on the floor, isn't that right?"

Dr Rodrigues stated: "I don't recall that."

Mr Duguid then said: "You thought the mother was in denial because she thought the child was going to live?"

Dr Rodrigues replied: "When Inaya was no more and in Suleman's arms, he seemed to accept what had happened.

"The mother turned to speak to Suleman in Urdu. She seemed to suggest that she thought Inaya was going to live.

"I had clearly explained to them that their baby's brain was not functioning and she was not going to live."

Found alone

Earlier, the jury heard evidence from ambulance technician Alan Walker who attended the house in Bernisdale Drive with a colleague.

He said he thought it was "odd" that the toddler was lying alone on a doubled bed with no one tending to her.

Mr Kearney asked Mr Walker: "How did that strike you at the time?". The technician responded: "Very odd that no-one was actually hands on with the child."

The prosecutor said: "Is that unusual?" and Mr Walker answered: "Yes."

Mr Walker told the court that Inaya was fully clothed and her hands were above her head and added: "Her skin tone was very blue. She was definitely not breathing and hadn't done for a while."

He was asked what the atmosphere was like in the house and said: "It was quite chaotic. There was a lot of crying and screaming going on."

The jury was told that paramedic Islay McKee picked up the child and ran with her to the ambulance and she and Mr Walker took her to hospital.

The trial before judge Lord Matthews continues.

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