Baby, Found Alive In Plastic Bag After Hospital Error, Dies 6 Days Later

On November 30, the twins were being taken for burial when a movement in one of the packages shocked the family. When the wrapping was opened, the baby boy was found breathing and squirming.

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Baby, Found Alive In Plastic Bag After Hospital Error, Dies 6 Days Later

Max Hospital in north Delhi is under scrutiny for declaring dead a newborn who was later found alive

New Delhi:  A baby boy found alive after being declared dead along with his still-born twin and handed over to his parents in a plastic bag by an upscale Delhi hospital has died after nearly a week of treatment.

A Max Hospital at Shalimar Bagh in north Delhi is being investigated for declaring the baby dead on November 30. The twins were being taken for burial when a movement in one of the packages shocked the family. When the wrapping was opened, the baby boy was found breathing and squirming.

The baby was taken to another hospital and placed on life support. A three-member panel asked by the Delhi government to investigate the shocking mistake has found the hospital guilty of not following rules while dealing with newborns. The panel reports that the hospital failed to carry out ECG tracings to check if the child was alive. Electrocardiogram tracing or ECG tracing helps evaluate heartbeats.

The hospital, facing anger and protests, had earlier sacked the two doctors in charge of the twins' case - AP Mehta and Vishal Gupta.

Survival in extreme pre-term births is rare, Max Healthcare said in a statement today, expressing grief over the baby's death.

The other twin, a girl, was declared still-born after birth.

The well-known private hospital had told the parents that the other baby needed critical medical care and had to be kept in an incubator. "The hospital said for three days, it will cost Rs 1 lakh each and after that, it would cost Rs 50,000 each day, and he had to be kept for three months," a relative said.

But when the parents were debating the costs, they were told that the infant had died.

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