New-born baby declared dead, found alive by family just before burial


“The doctor and the nursing staff declared the baby dead and sealed the body in a pack, labelled it and handed it over to us for burial,”

Delhi, June 19: In a major case of negligence at Safdarjung hospital, a baby was about to buried alive but luckily, the family found the newly born alive just before the burial.

Actually, the newly born baby was allegedly declared “dead” by the staff of a central government hospital on Sunday but was found to be alive just before the infant was to be buried.

Earlier a police officer told that the baby died but later he claimed that it was a case of mistaken identity. The baby is alive, the officer, on the condition of anonymity, said.

A resident of Badarpur delivered a baby at Safdarjung hospital where the nursing staff of hospital apparently dit not find any sign of breathing in the infant.

“The doctor and the nursing staff declared the baby dead and sealed the body in a pack, labelled it and handed it over to us for burial,” said Rohit, the father of the child.

After the baby was declared dead, the father and other family members took the body and went home, making preparations for the burial.

But then what made the family members numb when Rohit’s sister suddenly noticed some movement in the pack and when they opened it, they found the baby breathing and moving its limbs.

Immediately a PCR call was made and the baby was taken to Apollo Hospital from where it was shifted to Safdarjung.

The shocked parents went to the police regarding the case. “How can they be so irresponsible and declare a baby, who is alive, as dead? If we had not opened the sealed pack in time, my baby really would have died and we would never have come to know the truth. This is a gross negligence on the part of the hospital and the guilty should be punished,” Rohit said.

Safdarjung hospital authorities have ordered an inquiry into the matter. “The woman had delivered a baby 22-weeks-old premature baby. As per WHO guidelines, babies born before 22 weeks and
weighing less than 500 gms do not survive and are not considered as deliveries. The baby was motionless without any cry or respiration after birth.

“We have ordered an inquiry to find out whether it was not checked properly if the baby was alive before being declared declared and handed over to his parents,” said A K Rai, Medical Superintendent at Safdarjung hospital.

According to another doctor, such babies are kept under observation for about an hour before being declared dead.

Wefornews Bureau


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