Baby declared 'dead' by Max Hospital dies

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

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The hospital handed the twins to the family in a polythene sac, however, the boy was found alive while the parents were on the way to crematorium for performing last rites.

His mother had given birth to twins but the girl was declared stillborn.

According to the aggrieved family, the twins were born premature on November 30. "The hospital can not admit new patient", said Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain.

The license of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has been cancelled due to the negligence shown in the case of a newborn baby being erroneously declared dead, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain was quoted as saying on Friday by news agency ANI. He also said he will also not get his wife, who is still admitted at Max Hospital, discharged from it, until they get justice. "Thereafter, they gave us both babies wrapped in a plastic bag", said Ashish Kumar, father of the baby.

Deputy Commissioner of police (northwest) Delhi, Aslam Khan, confirmed the news and told the Press Trust of India that the baby died on Tuesday evening.

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The two doctors were fired by the hospital on Sunday after an inquiry. The decision comes after the three member panel, set up by the government, has found the hospital guilty of medical negligence.

"No ECG (Electrocardiography) tracings were done to trace whether the child was alive", the source said, referring to the findings of the initial report.

Survival in extreme pre-term births is rare, Max Healthcare said in a statement today, expressing grief over the baby's death.

The well-known private hospital had told the parents that the other baby needed critical medical care and had to be kept in an incubator. "We wish them the strength to cope with their loss", the statement said. The baby was found alive just moments before being buried.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also held a meeting regarding the negligence of doctors at the hospital.

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