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Max Hospital case: Baby dies, father refuses to take body

07 December 2017

The premature baby, who was erroneously declared "dead" by Max Hospital in Delhi and was later found to be alive by family members, died during treatment at a nursing home on Wednesday.

Doctors at the nursing home in Pitampura declared the 23-week-old premature baby, who was on ventilator support for the last five days, dead on Wednesday.

The case relates to the birth of twins (a boy and a girl) on November 30. The baby was later admitted to Aggarwal Hospital, Pitampura.

The infant died due to an infection at a nursing home after battling for life for almost a week - which jolted the entire family, which was demanding the arrest of erring doctors. "The baby was declared dead around 1.05 pm".

The hospital previously said in a statement that the boy was "handed over without any sign of life" by the hospital staff.

According to the twins' grandfather, the stunned family rushed the newborn to a nearby hospital where they were told that their baby was still alive, local media reported. "I have been wronged. Till this demand is met, I will not take my son's body".

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Max Healthcare fired the two doctors considered responsible earlier this week, but emphasized that the decision to let the doctors go should not be interpreted as an admission of guilt.

On Wednesday, the investigation into the case was also transferred from North-West district police to Crime Branch. However, Dr Sanjeev Gupta of Aggarwal Hospital said that baby was of just 22 weeks and it was hard for him to survive from the start as he needed too much support.

A panel formed by the Delhi government to look into the case Tuesday found Max Hospital guilty of not following prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants.

"The doctors [of Max hospital] have still not been arrested and we won't conduct the baby's last rites till we get justice", said Deepak.

"We wish to clarify that this action should not presuppose finding of any lapse by the expert group and should not be construed in any way to be anything other than an expression of our continued commitment to providing quality healthcare", the statement from Max Healthcare said.

Max Hospital case: Baby dies, father refuses to take body