Doctors Fired For Declaring Newborn 'Dead' After Incident Sparks Outrage

05 December, 2017, 02:38 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Newborn little hand hold by adult hand

The incident took place on 30 November at the privately run Max Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead shortly after his twin sister was stillborn.

"They handed us both bodies wrapped like a courier package from the back door".

The parents were on their way to a cremation ground when they noticed "some movements" inside one of the polythene bags that the hospital gave them with the babies' bodies.

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"We have made a decision to terminate the services of the two treating doctors, Dr. A. P. Mehta and Dr. Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies", the hospital said Saturday, adding that the case will be investigated with input from the Indian Medical Association. "We ripped it open, found bits of plastic and the baby inside, breathing".

New Delhi police are continuing to review hospital records as well as video footage from the twins' birth to better understand how the doctor's arrived at the conclusion.

The boy's grandfather, Kailah, told NDTV, a local broadcaster: "We felt a..." India's health minister, JP Nadda, called the incident "heartbreaking". "Sought a report on shocking criminal negligence by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh and directed Dept to conduct a inquiry into this unacceptable act", tweeted health minister Satyendar Jain.

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"We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident", the hospital said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Northern Range) Sagar Preet Hooda said the hospital had been asked to furnish the duty roster.

"The hospital has also set up an inquiry panel into the matter, with two senior doctors from the Indian Medical Association investigating the matter", said the official. "The difference between a mistake and negligence is deliberate action. I don't think any doctor will do it wilfully", he said.

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According to local media, they rushed the newborn to a nearby hospital where they found that the baby boy was alive and is now being treated at a nursing home in New Delhi.

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