Nothing can be more heartbreaking for a parent than to lose their child. In a rude shock, a couple found their newborn baby girl who was declared dead by the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital in Telangana showing signs of life at the burial ground. A massive showdown was witnessed at the third largest hospital of Telangana after parents and relatives of a dead baby questioned the team of doctors who pronounced their child dead, but she showed movement before burial. The hospital stood by their original declaration and the infant to be dead. Baby declared ‘dead’ during birth by Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, found alive before funeral.

According to police, Mekala Srinivas and his wife Swapna admitted their premature baby to the MGM hospital after delivering the girl child at a private hospital at Hanamkonda on June 30. The residents of Pegadapally village of Hasanparthy Mandal in Warangal Urban district were asked to shift their baby to the bigger hospital as the private hospital didn’t have facilities to deal with premature births cases. Born in the eighth month of pregnancy, Swapna’s child was underweight.

The baby admitted on Sunday was declared dead in the evening by a team of doctors of MGM Hospital. With a heavy heart, the couple took the child to their native place for burial, but they noticed some movement while conducting the final rites. They rushed her back to the hospital and pulled up the medical staff accusing them of negligence on their part and “declaring a living baby dead”. They alleged that the doctors had deliberately declared the baby dead as they wanted to send them out of the hospital.

Dr Ajmera Bhoja and Dr Syed Sirajuddin, duty doctors at MGM Hospital tried to convince the enraged parents and relatives. They said the movement could be due to the rigor mortis or due to some other medical reasons but baby’s angry kin refused to listen to senior medical staff, and finally police intervened as they held protests against the hospital.