Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Doctor mistakenly declares newborn dead in India

Family of 'dead' twins protest demand action against Delhi hospital Pic Courtesy ANI
Lisa Bryan | 03 December, 2017, 02:08

The baby was still breathing.

According to the aggrieved family, the twins were born premature.

"It has been brought to our attention that a pre-mature (22 weeks), newborn baby who is reported to be on life support at a nursing home was unfortunately handed over without any (sic) sign of life by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh", the hospital said in its statement. Narrating the incident, family members said six-month pregnant Varsha -who was earlier admitted at a nursing home in Paschim Vihar - was admitted to Max on November 28, where doctors told the family that her situation is critical and chances of newborns' survival are less.

The licence of an upscale Delhi hospital, which incorrectly declared a baby dead along with his still-born twin and handed over the bodies to the parents in plastic bags, can be cancelled if it is found guilty, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said today.

The decision of DMC comes a day after Delhi Government ordered an inquiry into the matter.


The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the "criminal negligence" with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promising "strict action".

In yet another case of medical negligence, Shalimar Bagh Max hospital yesterday handed over newborn twins to their parents in a polythene bag. He also said that the same hospital was issued a show-cause notice on November 22 for not fulfilling some norms related to providing services to patients of EWS (economically weaker section) category.

The child, whose twin sibling was stillborn, was also declared dead by his doctor at the privately-run Max Hospital in Delhi, India. The other baby was stillborn. "They did this so that they wouldn't have to keep the babies in their hospital and wanted to get rid of their responsibilities", said Ashish. "We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident", the hospital added. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which, the concerned doctor has been asked to proceed on leave immediately.

"A very unfortunate incident", he said.

After the parents lodged a complaint against the hospital authorities, the police registered a case of attempt to commit culpable homicide (not amounting to murder). "We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the support needed", the statement said.

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