Newborn Declared Dead at Indian Hospital Actually Wasn't


A case has been registered under section 308 Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Delhi's Max Hospital in connection with medical negligence issue, where a newborn was declared dead along with his still-born twin, was later found alive. "We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home", Ashish, the father said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Aslam Khan said information about the incident was received at Shalimar Bagh police station.

"She was admitted there on November 28".

A family member said it was no less than shocker for the distraught family, who were carrying the bodies of twins packed in the polythene bags as was handed over to them by the hospital to a crematorium, when one of them showed sign of life.

"Strongest action would be taken if found guilty", tweeted Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday evening.

The Delhi government has ordered a probe into the incident and sought a preliminary report within three days.

Max is not the only private hospital in India under scrutiny: another health care center is being investigated for overcharging the parents of a seven-year-old girl who died of dengue. "The doctors had told the family that she was serious and the chances of survival of the twins were slim, as she was six months pregnant", they said.

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The statement said a detailed enquiry was initiated, pending which, the doctor concerned was asked to proceed on leave immediately and that they were in constant touch with the parents and were providing all the needed support.

Max Hospital, where the twins were born, released a statement saying it was "shaken" and "concerned" about the incident.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister J P Nadda has also asked Delhi government to look at the negligence case and take necessary action.

According to Money Control, the twins, a boy and a girl, were delivered prematurely Thursday at only 22 weeks.

The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the "criminal negligence".

While the baby, which was found to be alive is now 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". 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".