Max Hospital found guilty in newborn baby death case

07 December, 2017, 04:00 | Author: Hope Soto
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"While the inquiry by the expert group, which includes external experts from IMA, is still pending, we have made a decision to terminate the services of two treating doctors, Dr A P Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta, in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies".

Delhi police said they were collecting hospital records for the mother and treatment records for the newborn babies.

"I couldn't believe my eyes", said Praveen Mailk, the twins' grandfather to CNN.

Just before their last rites, the family discovered that the baby boy was breathing, the police said.

Meanwhile, the family put their baby boy under the care of a nursing home in New Delhi.

The incident took place in a private facility called Max Hospital on November 30 when doctors handed over the baby and his twin brother in a plastic bag telling the family that both the children were stillborn due to their premature birth.

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

According to Gupta, the baby died due to multiple organ dysfunction. "They haven't told us whether he'll survive". "Had the baby not been exposed for so many hours after his birth, maybe we could have probably prolonged his life longer".

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"We wish to clarify that this 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 statement from Max Healthcare said.

DCPKhan said in the notice that CCTV footage has also been sought and the Max Hospital administration has to respond within two days as per the procedure.

This case of medical negligence has received significant attention from local politicians.

Jagat Prakash Nadda, the minister of health and family welfare, Saturday, condemned the incident, saying: "Very unfortunate incident, have asked the Delhi government to look into the matter and take necessary action".

Expressing concern, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded a law to "check negligence and loot" by private hospitals.

Earlier, NDTV reported that no ECG was done on the infant to check whether he is alive or not.

"In the meantime, we are fully cooperating with all relevant authorities on this issue", the statement said.

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