The woman allegedly didn't get a stretcher even when she expressed inability to walk.
Civil Surgeon of Betul District Hospital Dr AK Baranga said that Neelu Verma, resident of Ghodadongri, was brought to the Betul hospital by a Janani Express ambulance after she started having labour pains.
Dr Baranga admitted that there was a major lapse on the part of the staff. "Not providing a stretcher and forcing her to walk despite the fact that she was in labour is a serious case of carelessness," he said.
The exact cause of the infant's death would be known after the autopsy report is available, he said.
His wife started having labour pains midway through the ambulance journey, but she wasn't offered a wheel-chair or stretcher at the hospital, he said.
When she was being escorted, on foot, to the labour room, she delivered the baby which fell to the floor and died on the spot, Mr Verma said.
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