Hospital declares newborn twins dead, parents finds one alive on way to last rites

Delhi: In a shocking alleged medical negligence, one of newborn twins declared dead by Max hospital in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh found to be alive by parents on Friday.

The family has alleged that the hospital declared their alive newborn baby boy dead but they saw him move on their way to perform the last rites. The mother and baby are admitted to another hospital where his condition is said to be stable.

Responding to reports about the incident Max Healthcare authorities said, “It has been brought to our attention that a pre-mature (22 weeks), newborn baby, who is reported to be on life support at a nursing home, was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30th morning. The other baby was still-born. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident. We have initiated a detailed enquiry, pending which, the concerned doctor has been asked to proceed on leave immediately. We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support.”

The Delhi police have initiated an inquiry into the negligence by the hospital.

DCP north-west Aslam Khan said they have received a complaint from the parents of the child. “As per procedure we will carry an inquiry and submit our findings to the Delhi Medical Council and Medical Council of India seeking further directions from them,” said Khan.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to Health Secretary in connection with the Max Hospital medical negligence issue, reported ANI.