Anger as In­dia doc­tor mis­tak­enly de­clares new­born dead

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL -

A new­born baby, de­clared dead by a hos­pi­tal in the In­dian cap­i­tal Delhi, was found to be alive while they were on their way to his fu­neral.

Doc­tors at the pri­vately run Max Hos­pi­tal had pro­nounced the baby dead hours after his twin who was still­born.

The par­ents said they no­ticed one of the ba­bies squirm­ing in­side the plas­tic bag that doc­tors placed the in­fants in.

The in­ci­dent has sparked ou­trage and a de­bate over the qual­ity of pri­vate health­care which is of­ten costly.

Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal tweeted that he had or­dered an in­quiry into the mat­ter. The state health min­is­ter has also de­scribed the in­ci­dent as "shock­ing crim­i­nal neg­li­gence".

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.

In a state­ment to re­porters, Max hos­pi­tal said they were "shaken" and "con­cerned" over the in­ci­dent, and added that the doc­tor has been asked to go on leave, pend­ing an in­quiry.

Ac­cord­ing to ANI news agency, Delhi po­lice have be­gun to in­ves­ti­gate the case and have con­sulted le­gal ex­perts.

This is the sec­ond in­stance in re­cent months where a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in In­dia has been called out for neg­li­gent care. Last month, a girl died of dengue fever in an­other hos­pi­tal and the par­ents al­lege they were over­charged for her treat­ment.

(Cour­tesy BBC)

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