News Delhi, December 6: In a case of medical negligence, the newborn, who was declared dead along with his twin by Max Hospital, has died during treatment at a hospital in Pitampura in the national capital on Wednesday. The case pertains to the birth of twins (boy and girl) on November 30 and both the babies were declared dead by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh.
However, the family later found the boy was alive.
A three-member panel formed by the Delhi government also found Max Hospital guilty of not following prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants. The panel had submitted its preliminary report to Delhi Heath minister Satyendar Jain after scrutinising hospital records and meeting staff members concerned, a Delhi government source said. “The panel in its report found the hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants,” the source said.
According to the panel’s report, no Electrocardiogram (ECG) tracings were done to check if the child was alive. The body was handed over to the parent without written instructions, in a plastic bag.
Under fire, Max Healthcare had decided to terminate the services of two doctors allegedly involved in the case of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead, the group said in a statement. “While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from the IMA is still in process, we have decided to terminate the services of two treating doctors, Dr AP Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies,” Max Healthcare had said in a statement.
The hospital group had ordered an inquiry into the case on December 1.
Delhi Health Minister had on December 2 said that if the hospital was found guilty of medical negligence in its probe, it’s licence could be cancelled.
The parents were earlier told by the hospital that both the babies were stillborn, and were handed to them in a polythene bag. But just before their last rites, the family found that the boy was alive, police said.
With inputs from PTI