Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Delhi: Baby 'mistakenly declared dead' in private hospital dies within a week

Infant who was wrongly declared dead by Delhi Hospital dies at a private nursing home says family Representative Image | Pixabay
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 02:27

According to the family, senior police officers met them on Thursday and informed them that investigation into the case has been transferred to the Crime Branch.

"The preliminary report has found them guilty in certain aspects and the final report is expected in next two days".

On the way to cremate the babies' remains, the family was shocked to discover that the boy was still breathing inside one of the bags holding the newborns' bodies.

A baby who was declared dead and woke up in a plastic bag while the family was driving to his funeral has now died, according to local media.

The doctors at the privately run Max Hospital had pronounced the baby dead hours after his twin, who was stillborn on 30 November, at 22 weeks. The report suggested that the doctors had not conducted electrocardiography to check whether the babies it declared dead were still alive or not. "The complications later began and the child had multi-organ dysfunction", he told PTI.

Family members said it was unclear whether the baby would survive. While we understand that survival in extreme preterm births is rare, it is always painful for the parents and family. "We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the support needed", the statement said.

"I will not take my son's body until the two doctors are arrested", Kumar told PTI.

He also said he will also not get his wife, who is still admitted at Max Hospital, discharged from until they get justice. However, Dr Sanjeev Gupta of Aggarwal Hospital said that baby was of just 22 weeks and it was hard for him to survive from the start as he needed too much support. It has found the Max of not following prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants. On December 2, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain had said the hospital's licence could be cancelled if a probe found it guilty of medical negligence.

The hospital had sacked two doctors involved in the case but has said its internal investigation was not complete yet.