Delhi: Baby 'mistakenly declared dead' in private hospital dies within a week

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

"On November 30, the baby was brought to the centre and were able to maintain his vitals for a few days".

Aslam Khan, deputy commissioner of police (northwest), also confirmed the news.

The parents said they noticed one of the babies squirming inside the plastic bag when they were on their way to the burial ground.

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. But to their utter horror, the the boy was still alive, while they were on way to do their final rites. The family has been demanding the arrest of the doctors allegedly responsible for the negligence. 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.

"Had the baby not been exposed for so many hours after his birth, maybe we could have probably prolonged his life longer", said Gupta.

"After opening the plastic bag, we found the baby was breathing", said Kumar, who rushed to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura along with other family members.

(Web Desk) - A premature baby that was mistakenly pronounced dead by doctors in Delhi has died in another hospital where he was being treated. While we understand that survival in extreme preterm births is rare, it is always painful for the parents and family.

The enquiry committee set by the Delhi Government to probe into it has submitted its report on Tuesday, while the final report is still awaited. "We wish them the strength to cope with their loss", it said.

Meanwhile, State Health Minister Satyendar Jain called the incident "unacceptable" on Twitter and told reporters the hospital's license would be revoked should a probe find them liable in the mistake.

Max Healthcare terminated two doctors for their involvement in the situation, but said that their terminations were not an admission of guilt. "No ECG (Electrocardiography) tracings were done to trace whether the child was alive", a source told the CNN.

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