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Baby Was Presumed Dead At Scene Of Car Crash And Taken To Morgue

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015

Baby was presumed dead at scene of car crash and taken to morgue

A baby boy from Wales who was orphaned after a fatal car crash in Saudi Arabia was originally presumed dead at the scene and put in a body bag, his relatives have revealed.

Eisa Hayat, who was one at the time of the horrific smash in February, was taken to a morgue after the accident, which wiped out three generations of his family as they made a pilgrimage to Mecca from their home in Newport.

Their taxi driver had fallen asleep at the wheel, and the car carrying them careered off the road and hit a bridge.

Eisa's dad, Isshaq, and his seven-months-pregnant mum Bilques, both 33, were both killed in the crash, as was his grandfather Shaukat, 56, grandmother Abida, 47, and aunt Saira Zenub, 29.

Medics at the scene assumed the baby had also lost his life, and put him in a body bag. It was only when the bag was about to be placed into a fridge in the morgue that movements from within it were noticed by hospital staff.

Speaking to the Mirror, Eisa's great-uncle Shazada Hayat said: "They thought he was dead, zipped him up in the bag and took him to the morgue."

"But as they were putting him into storage, he moved around. They grabbed him, put him in an ambulance and rushed him off to the hospital."

Eisa was taken to the Medina Children's Care hospital where he was treated for a dislocated shoulder and a broken arm and ribs.

Mr Hayat also spoke of the family's heartbreak over the accident, and the impact that the loss of his parents will have on little Eisa.

"Time is the great healer but obviously there will always be a vacuum for him," he said. "You can't replace the hug of a mother and a father."

"To see the family extinguished in seconds... what do you do? Where do you begin?"

He said that Eisa, who has since turned two, was now being raised by other members of his family back home in Newport.

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