Two doctors fired after 'dead' newborn starts breathing on way to cremation

Infant who was wrongly declared dead by Delhi Hospital dies at a private nursing home says family

The Shalimar Bagh branch of Max Hospital was accused of medical negligence when the infant was found alive after it was declared "dead" along with his still-born twin by the hospital.

A premature baby, who was delivered in Max Hospital and wrongly declared dead last week, has died during treatment, police said on Wednesday. "On Wednesday afternoon, he was officially declared dead", said Deepak, the baby's uncle.

Doctors at the Agarwal Nursing Home where the newborn was admitted after the earlier blunder by Max Super Speciality Hospital in Shalimar Bagh declared the child dead at 12 p.m., the baby's father Ashish Kumar said.

On Wednesday, the investigation into the case was also transferred from North-West district police to Crime Branch.

"We knew from the beginning that he may not survive but we were trying our best". "I will not take my son's body until the two doctors are arrested", Kumar told PTI. The family also protested at the hospital through out the day. "After we found that the child was alive, we shifted the baby to a local nursing home".


The case relates to the birth of twins (a boy and a girl) on November 30.

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.

Malik said the family had requested financial assistance from the Delhi government to move the baby to a "bigger and better" facility. Mr. Jain had on December 2 said the licence of the hospital could be cancelled if found guilty of negligence. "We are managing to maintain his vitals at the moment but the condition is very serious", Gupta said. "Once we get the final report, we will take the strictest possible action under the law", he said.

A three-member panel set up by the Delhi government, in its preliminary inquiry report submitted to Health Minister Satyendar Jain, has found the Max doctors guilty of not following medical norms in dealing with the premature newborn, due to which he was declared dead even though he was alive. Meanwhile, Max Healthcare Authorities said, "We just learnt of the sad demise of the 23-week pre-term baby, who was on ventilator support".

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