Imran is profoundly deaf because a vital nerve which carries sounds to his brain has failed to develop.Medically, there is nothing that can be done to cure his disability.She caused uproar by commenting: "It is heartbreaking when grandparents are so keen cousins should marry that the family health problems continue throughout generations. British Pakistanis, half of whom marry a first cousin, are 13 times more likely to produce children with genetic disorders than the general population, according to Government-sponsored research."A doctor told me that one Pakistani family believed it was the will of Allah, because doctors were doing the wrong thing or the mother was a bad woman .. One in ten children of cousin marriages either dies in infancy or develops a serious life-threatening disability.Is this a tragic coincidence and are the family just unlucky?
The vast majority of the problems are caused by recessive gene disorders, according to London's Genetic Interest Group which advises families affected.
"Her parents were warned they should not have any more children.