Baby declared dead by hospital found alive before cremation

Baby declared dead by hospital found alive before cremation

An upscale private hospital here declared new born twins dead and handed over the infants to their parents in a polythene bag though one of them was later found to be alive.

The family members of the twins found one of the them breathing while they were on their way to cremate the infants about an hour after doctors at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in Shalimar Bagh (West Delhi) declared them "stillborn".

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).

The 22-week pre-mature twins were born on Thursday.  

"After they were declared dead, the babies were given to us in packets. When we left for the cremation ground, we noticed movement. We tore the packet (polythene bag) and found one of the two babies still breathing. We rushed the baby to a nearby hospital in Pitampura," Ashish, father of the twins, told reporters.

As the incident sparked a row, Union Health Minister J P Nadda asked the Delhi government to look into the case and "take necessary action".

"A very unfortunate incident," he said.

He also appealed to the states to adopt the Clinical Establishments Act, 2010 so that regulatory authorities are "operative" and can see the working and functioning of private institutions.

Responding to the call, the Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the incident.

"A preliminary report is to be be submitted within 72 hours and a final report within a week," Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, ordering a probe into the case.

Meanwhile, Max Hospital in a statement, said a "detailed enquiry" into the incident has been initiated and the doctor who was handling the case has been asked to proceed on leave "immediately".

"It has been brought to our attention that a premature (22 weeks), newborn baby who was reported to be on life support at a nursing home was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by the Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident," the Max Hospital said.

While the baby, which was found to be alive is currently under medical supervision at a hospital in Pitampura, Max Hospital claimed that it was "in constant touch" with the parents and providing "all the needed support".

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