Newborn baby wrongly declared dead by Delhi hospital, dies after 6 days

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The family alleged the hospital authorities, declaring the twins dead, handed the infants over to them, but later on way to crematorium, one of the babies was found alive.

"And today, we feel somehow redeemed, that some justice has been delivered", said Sunil Kumar, uncle of the baby boy that died on December 6 at a nursing home in Pitampura, after being on life support for a week.

Last Saturday, Satyendra Jain has announced strict action against the Hospital and cancellation of licence if it is found guilty.

The case relates to the birth of twins (a boy and a girl) on November 30.

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Listing a series of violations, the Delhi government on Friday cancelled the licence of Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, nearly 10 days after a baby declared dead by the hospital was found to be alive.

The hospital had also entered the baby boy's name in a register of stillbirths, the inquiry found, leading the DGHS to say it was prima facie a case of medical negligence. The infants were handed over to them in a polythene bag, they said. The family discovered that the baby boy was breathing just before the last rites, the police said.

Making the announcement, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said the hospital can continue the treatment of patients who were now admitted but cannot admit new patients.

Max Healthcare, which runs a chain of hospitals including the one in Shalimarbag, expressed condolences to the parents. On November 22, a notice was sent to Max Hospital for allegedly violating norms related to services to be given to EWS patients. He added the (Max) hospital could no more admit and treat new patients, though it'll "continue to treat admitted patients". The move came after a threemember inquiry panel submitted its final report to Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who described the incident as "not acceptable".

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