December 17, 2017

Doctors fired for mistakenly declaring newborn dead

04 December 2017, 11:33 | Silvia Roy

The newborn baby had been wrongly declared as dead. Source India Today

The newborn baby had been wrongly declared as dead. Source India Today

A shocking was reported from a Delhi hospital couple of days ago when doctors declared newborn twins dead and one of them was found alive by parents before cremation and it sparked anger after it was reported by the Indian media.

"While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from Indian Medical Association is still in process, we have chose to terminate the services of the two treating doctors", the hospital added.

"Max super specialty hospital at Shalimar Bagh in Delhi has terminated the services of two doctors involved in the declaration of a 22-week-old premature baby as dead, while he was alive", a hospital official said.

The hospital is caught in a huge controversy after it incorrectly declared a newborn dead.

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NDTV reported that the 22-week pregnant mother had given birth to the twins, of which the girl was still-born. "The woman visited the hospital on November 28 and there was no treatment given till November 30".

"We ripped it open, found bits of plastic and the baby inside, breathing".

The hospital added that the action should not presuppose finding of any lapse by the expert group and should not be construed in any way to be anything other than an expression of our continued commitment to providing quality healthcare.

The twins were premature (23 weeks/5 months).

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People go to hospitals just to know whether they have any problem.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) will also serve a notice to the hospital on Monday over the alleged negligence.

But, One child has been saved subsequent when the family saw a slight development in a body pack, while they were heading towards a burial service ground for the twins.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to confirm an investigation was underway while the state Health Minister Satyendar Jain described the incident as "shocking criminal negligence".

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