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Newborn dies 7 days after mistakenly declared dead by Delhi hospital

07 December 2017

When the parents were on their way to a crematorium to perform their last rites, they found that the boy was still alive, and rushed him to another hospital.

A baby who was declared dead and woke up in a plastic bag while the family was driving to his funeral has now died, according to local media. "Had the baby not been exposed for so many hours after his birth, maybe we could have probably prolonged his life", Gupta added. "On November 30, the baby was brought to the centre and were able to maintain his vitals for a few days".

Deputy Commissioner of police (northwest) Delhi, Aslam Khan, confirmed the news and told the Press Trust of India that the baby died on Tuesday evening. PTI reported that the child's father, Ashok Kumar, has refused to accept the body as a mark of protest. Our deepest condolences are with the parents and other family members.

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The Delhi Police on Wednesday transferred the case of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital to its Crime Branch for detailed probe, a senior official said.

"I will not take my son's body until the two doctors are arrested", Kumar told PTI. "We wish them the strength to cope with their loss".

Delhi state government had ordered an inquiry into the incident and the preliminary report found that the hospital had not followed protocols.

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Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Wednesday assured of action against the hospital and doctors after receiving the final report of a panel constituted by the Health Department to probe the alleged medical negligence by Max Hospital.

The baby was admitted to a private nursing home in Pitampura where he was put on a ventilator and the doctors said that the due to the premature birth, his condition was serious and that his chances of survival slim.

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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On Sunday, Max Hospital terminated the services of two doctors who were involved in erroneously declaring the newborn dead on November 29.

Newborn dies 7 days after mistakenly declared dead by Delhi hospital