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MUM'S FURY AT KILLER DOCTOR

A LUTON mum whose youngest child miraculously survived a killer doctor s frenzied knife attack is horrified by his plea to be allowed back into Britain.Darren Qamar was only two when schizophrenic Dr Ahmad Alami stabbed him 13 times and killed three other sleeping children who were patients at the hospital where he worked.Surgeons managed to save Darren, and his family moved to Luton two years after the massacre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in February 1972.Darren was scarred for life, but eye specialist Alami, who also knifed two nurses, was declared unfit to stand trial for murder. He spent several years in Broadmoor high security hospital before being deported to the Middle East.Now Jordanian-born Alami has applied to be allowed to return to the UK to study for a PhD in London. He says he has been cured of his mental illness after undergoing electric shock treatment and wants to apologise to the families of the children he attacked.Darren s parents, Mary and Mohammed Qamar, of Swifts Green Road, Stopsley, were unaware of Alami s plans until they were contacted by The Luton News on Monday.Mrs Qamar, 54, said: The man has a damned cheek. He should never be allowed back ever. I still feel very bitter, and so does Darren who is still suffering from his injuries after all these years. Alami s initial bid to return to this country has been rejected, but in a move likely to bring furious criticism of Britain s immigration laws, his visa request is to be considered by a Home Office review tribunal.Irish-born Mrs Qamar and her Indian husband, a 58-year-old electronics engineer, were living in Blackpool when Darren was born. He was in and out of the local hospital from five weeks old. He kept suffering from high temperatures, chest infections and tonsillitis, said Mrs Qamar. Alami stabbed a couple of nurses before he got to the children s ward. One little boy had meningitis and he died two weeks later. Alami just worked his way around the ward. Darren had a net over his cot to stop him getting out, but he was stabbed all over his body. He suffered injuries to his vertebrae, spleen and liver. He was ripped to pieces internally. He had plastic surgery but it wasn t very successful. He was permanently scarred and is still suffering today. He still needs regular treatment and is constantly sick and has to be put on a drip.The only good thing was that the knife missed his face. Never a day goes by without me thinking about it and those poor children who were killed, and their families. Mrs Qamar, who has three other children, David, 38, Sharon, 36, and Lisa, 31, who all live in Luton, was attending her mother s funeral in Ireland on the day the tragedy happened.Darren, now a 29-year-old electrician, lived in Poplar Avenue, Luton, until two years ago when he married and settled in Ireland.Dr Alami was 32 when he wounded Darren and killed Deborah Carson, four, Nicholas Scott, two, and 19-month-old Martin Langhorne by repeatedly stabbing them through their bedclothes.Unknown to hospital authorities, highly-qualified Alami, the son of the Mufti of Jerusalem the city s leading Islamic cleric had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and discharged from the Jordanian army medical corps in 1970.He found work as a doctor in Britain two months later, first at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and then at Blackpool.Alami, who no longer works as a doctor and has written 25 books on Palestinian history, told a national newspaper on Sunday: I applied for a visa three years ago to come and study in Britain for my PhD in political science. It is true my application was rejected, but it is now being appealed. About the murders, he said; I have wanted to write to the families of those children I killed and apologise to them, but I was advised that it was best not to reawaken those emotions. I am now cured. I wished to come back to Britain unnoticed. Now that you know, it is possible I will be confronted by the father of one of the children I killed.

 
 
 

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