Newborn baby wrongly declared dead by hospital, passes away

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Last Friday, allegations had emerged that the hospital handed over twins it had declared dead to the family in "polythene packets" and that one of the babies turned out to be alive while being taken to the cremation ground.

A premature baby, who was delivered in Max Hospital and wrongly declared dead last week, has died during treatment, police said on Wednesday.

The infant died due to an infection at a nursing home after battling for life for almost a week - which jolted the entire family, which was demanding the arrest of erring doctors.

Doctors at the nursing home in Pitampura declared the 23-week-old premature baby, who was on ventilator support for the last five days, dead on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the case has been transferred to the crime branch and the northwest district police has been asked to hand over the files. "I will not take my son's body until the two doctors are arrested", Kumar told PTI. "After we found that the child was alive, we shifted the baby to a local nursing home".

"We have initiated a detailed enquiry, pending which, the concerned doctor has been asked to proceed on leave immediately", Max Hospital authorities said.

Malik said the family had requested financial assistance from the Delhi government to move the baby to a "bigger and better" facility. Mr. Jain had on December 2 said the licence of the hospital could be cancelled if found guilty of negligence. It is a matter of two or three days. "We are managing to maintain his vitals at the moment but the condition is very serious", Gupta said.

The Delhi government's preliminary inquiry report was submitted to the Delhi health minister on Tuesday; it found the hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms when dealing with newborn infants, a Delhi government official who was not authorized to speak on the record about the report told CNN. 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. "Once we get that we will take strictest possible action according to law", he said. Our deepest condolences are with the parents and other family members. "We wish them strength".

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