Max Hospital to Be Investigated for Declaring a Living Baby as Dead
03 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Diane Mills
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".
Parents in India were told that both of their twins, born prematurely, had died in childbirth.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that he had ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The family was handed the babies in a polythene bag and they were on way to perform their last rites, when the father felt the boy move inside the bag.
The family has alleged that the babies were declared dead after they expressed their inability to pay the exorbitant fee for their treatment.
"We tore the packet, there were 2-3 clothes and polythene bags".
"We couldn't afford the treatment and we chose to take our baby to another hospital".
Union health minister J.P. Nadda has asked the Delhi government to "look into the matter and take necessary action".
Responding to the call, the Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the incident.
According to the twins' grandfather, the stunned family rushed the newborn to a nearby hospital where they were told that their baby was still alive, local media reported. "We are also consulting legal experts", Pathak said.
Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh had handled the delivery of the babies early Thursday after the woman, Varsha, was shifted to the hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar. The other baby was still-born.
The hospital issued a statement saying they "were shaken and concerned at this rare incident", adding an enquiry has been initiated.
The Delhi Police registered a case under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the IPC - an offence punishable with imprisonment up to seven years - against the hospital after family lodged a complaint with police. "We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which the doctors concerned have been asked to proceed on leave immediately".
Max Hospital, in a statement, said: "It has been brought to our notice that a 22-week premature newborn, who is said to be on life support at a nursing home, was unfortunately handed over (as dead) ... by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh".
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