Doctors Fired For Declaring Newborn 'Dead' After Incident Sparks Outrage

Doctors Fired For Declaring Newborn 'Dead' After Incident Sparks Outrage

Doctors Fired For Declaring Newborn 'Dead' After Incident Sparks Outrage

Outrage sparked after the baby was found to be alive while on the way to his own funeral.

Delhi's Max Hospital has sacked two doctors in connection with the horrific case where one of the newborn twins was declared dead but was later found alive.

Doctors at Max hospital declared the boy dead soon after and he was returned to the family "wrapped like a courier package from the back door", according to NDTV.

Praveen Malik, the twin's grandfather, told CNN the parents were on their way to the cremation ground when they saw "some movements" inside one of the bags the hospital gave them with the babies' bodies. The two doctors were identified as Dr. A.P. Mehta and Dr. Vishal Gupta.

The incident took place on 30 November at the privately run Max Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead shortly after his twin sister was stillborn.

Meanwhile, a report by a team formed by members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and those of the hospital is yet to be filed in this case. Their dismissal was "strict action. taken on the basis of our initial discussions with experts", a statement from Max hospital read. A government inquiry into the incident is now underway. "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".

According to The Hindustran Times, the boy's father, Ashish Kumar, alleged the doctors who helped his wife deliver the babies requested Rs 50 lakh - about 75 cents in Dollars - to keep the baby alive, and another Rs 35,000 - about $540 in USD - to sustain the chances of his wife's survival.

Following the news of the incident, state health minister Satyendar Jain said on Twitter he had ordered an inquiry, and India's federal health minister JP Nadda called it "heartbreaking".

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