Hospital declares live baby dead, gives it to parents in plastic bag

Faith Castro
December 2, 2017

This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning.

"When we were on our way for carrying out the last rites, we noticed movement in one of the packets".

"The hospital had told us that the babies will be kept in its nursery for three months which would initially cost up to Rs 1 lakh per day and would eventually reduce to Rs 50,000 per day".

The hospital had reportedly handed over the two "dead" infants - one of the twins, a girl, was stillborn - to the parents wrapped in plastic bags on Thursday night.

In Delhi's Shalimar Bagh, doctors at Max Hospital declared a baby dead along with his his still-born twin. "Sought a report on shocking criminal negligence by MaxHospitalShalimar Bagh & directed Dept to conduct an inquiry into this unacceptable act", tweeted health minister Satyendra Jain. The other baby was stillborn.

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Max's alleged medical negligence comes at a time when a Gurugram-based private hospital is already under scrutiny for alleged overcharging and negligence in the case of a seven-year-old girl with severe dengue. "The details of the case need to be verified and action needs to be taken against the personnel concerned, if found guilty of medical negligence", Athani said in the letter. The hospital informed the parents that the twins were stillborn and handed them over to the family, the police said.

The hospital said it was in constant touch with the parents and ready to extend all support.

Both the Centre and the Delhi Government immediately took cognisance of the matter with the latter ordering an enquiry into the incident, seeking a preliminary report within 72 hours.

Union health minister J.P. Nadda has asked the Delhi government to "look into the matter and take necessary action". "We are also consulting legal experts", Pathak said.

The statement said a detailed inquiry had been initiated, pending which the doctor concerned had been asked to proceed on leave immediately. The hospital's licence should be cancelled and the doctor who declared my nephew dead should be jailed,"said Deepak Bidawat, the child's uncle". In Massachusetts in 2005, for example, a woman had been pronounced dead of suicide but before she was buried, a funeral director "heard a gurgling noise coming from the body bag" and took action to rescue her, according to ABC.

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