Hospital fires doctors after 'dead' baby wakes up on way to crematorium

Marsha Scott
December 8, 2017

Two hospital physicians in India have been fired after pronouncing a baby dead, only to have the child wake up in a bag while the family was driving to his funeral. Cops are also probing Ashish's allegation that the hospital had asked them to pay Rs 50 lakh for keeping the baby in its nursery.

While en route, the family said they noticed "some movements" in one of the bags, according to CNN.

They rushed the newborn to a nearby hospital where they were told the boy was still alive. While we understand that survival in extreme preterm births is rare, it is always painful for the parents and family.

The Max Hospital sacked two of its doctors after the news made national headlines.

The premature baby died at a nursing home in Pitampura after battling for life for almost a week since he was found alive on the way to be cremated by family members.

"He is on ventilator support, nutrition support and other supports".

In a statement, the hospital confirmed it had dismissed Dr AP Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta.

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The family is reportedly unsure if the boy will survive but they will not be taking him back to Max Hospital. "Our final demand with the government, with the world, is that we need justice", he said. "Had the baby not been exposed for so many hours after his birth, maybe we could have probably prolonged his life longer".

An inquiry into the incident is underway, with four medical staff who were allegedly part of the team that declared the baby dead being questioned on Monday.

A baby boy mistakenly declared dead by an Indian hospital last week, passed away on Wednesday morning.

The babies were declared dead by a team of doctors at the hospital.

"No ECG (Electrocardiography) tracings were done to trace whether the child was alive", the source said, referring to the findings of the initial report.

On December 2, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain had said the hospital's licence could be cancelled if a probe found it guilty of medical negligence.

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