Baby declared dead: Case registered against Delhi's Max Hospital over negligence issue


The hospital authority handed over the twins to the family in plastic bags. "He was taken to another hospital in Pitampura where he was admitted and is now under treatment", Praveen Kumar was quoted as saying to the Hindustan Times.

Max Hospital said they have begun a "detailed inquiry" and sent the doctor involved in the child's delivery on forced leave. It moved a little. "We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura", the father told reporters. "The other baby was stillborn". Mallik said the baby boy has been admitted to a nursing home in west Delhi. The child was pronounced alive by doctors once they arrived. "Chances of his survival are slim", he added.

The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the "criminal negligence".

"It is very unfortunate".

Reacting to the incident, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said he had directed the Delhi government to look into the matter and take necessary action.

Delhi's minister of health also tweeted out that his department would conduct its own inquiry, calling the errant declaration of death an "unacceptable act". "The details of the case need to be verified and action needs to be taken against the personnel concerned, if found guilty of medical negligence", Athani said in the letter. This baby was one of the twins delivered on the morning of November 30.

Soon after their birth, the family was informed that the baby girl was still-born.

"We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident", said the hospital.

Meanwhile, hospital officials have expressed concern and put the doctor involved on leave, according to the BBC.

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". However, around 12.30 pm the hospital said the boy was dead too and subsequently handed over the bodies of the twins to the family in polythene bags, he added. "They did this so that they wouldn't have to keep the babies in their hospital and wanted to get rid of their responsibilities", said Ashish. The baby was declared dead while the family was debating about admitting the baby at the huge cost.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Aslam Khan said information about the incident was received at Shalimar Bagh police station. This is the second such incident reported from a city hospital.