Living Infant Declared Dead at Indian Hospital Narrowly Avoids Cremation

The doctors at a privately run hospital pronounced the baby dead hours after his twin who was still born

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said that strict action will be taken against city-based private Max Hospital and its licence would be cancelled if required, after the hospital declared dead a live baby, who still remained in a critical condition two days after the incident.

The mother of the boy-girl twins, born on Thursday morning, was brought to the hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar, police said. The family told the police that their 20 year old daughter Varsha had given birth to twins-a boy and girl on November 30.

CM Kejriwal ordered ordered an inquiry and and tweeted that "strongest action" would be taken.

"We couldn't afford the treatment and we made a decision to take our baby to another hospital". The family was later informed by the hospital that the twins were stillborn and handed over to the family, they said.

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".

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Doctors of the hospital had allegedly declared declared a baby dead, along with his stillborn twin, and handed the bodies in a polythene bag to their parents, who later realised that one of them was alive while on way their to a crematorium to perform the last rites.

Union health minister J.P. Nadda said he had directed the Delhi government to take necessary action. The other baby was still-born. "He had been wrapped in a polybag for more than 10 minutes and we were about to cremate him", Kumar said.

The hospital issued a statement saying they "were shaken and concerned at this rare incident", adding an enquiry has been initiated. He called it a case of "shocking criminal negligence" and an "unacceptable act".

According to a spokesperson at the hospital, the doctor who declared the living twin as dead has been asked to request leave immediately pending an inquiry into the matter.

After the parents lodged a complaint against the hospital authorities, the police registered a case of attempt to commit culpable homicide (not amounting to murder). "We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support". "We are sending papers to Delhi Medical Council and Medical Council of India in light of judgment of Supreme Court", he added.

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