Newborn’s death: Parents accuse hospital of changing their child with somebody else’s

Police take DNA sample of the kid, call parents for the DNA test, wait for the post-mortem report.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 6, 2015 3:16 am
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The case relating to the death of a newborn at a private hospital took a new twist on Sunday when his parents accused the hospital of changing their child with somebody else’s.

On Saturday, a Sector 7-based couple had accused Chaitanya Hospital doctors and staff of cheating them by keeping their newborn child on a ventilator for merely enhancing the hospital bill.

The Sector 34 Station House Officer, Inspector Baljit Singh, said, “While the post-mortem proceedings were on, the family alleged that the child was exchanged. To verify their allegations, we have taken a DNA sample of the child and the parents have been called tomorrow to give their DNA samples.”

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After a day-long ruckus at Chaitanya Hospital, Sector 44, on Saturday, the police had taken the child’s body in custody and kept it at GMSH-16 mortuary. A medical board of doctors constituted by GMSH-16 conducted a post- mortem examination on Sunday. The medical board’s report was awaited. Sources said further police action would depend on the report.

The newborn son of Amit Goyal, a Sector 7 resident, had died at Chaitanya Hospital. Goyal alleged that the child had died the previous night but the doctors declared him dead on Saturday, that too after a PGI doctor examined him.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Navdeep Singh Brar said, “A board of doctors was constituted. Samples of the child’s organs have been sent for analysis to ascertain if there was any negligence on the part of doctors or if there was a delay in declaring the child dead. We are waiting for the report to take further action.”

A sample of the child’s heart was sent to the histopathology lab in GMCH-32 and samples of the other organs were sent to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Sector 36, for a thorough examination.

“Doctors have immunity from the cases of death due to negligence till the time negligence is proved. However, we are still investigating the complaint that was lodged against the doctors by Amit Goyal. Further action shall depend on the medical board’s report. The hospital staff had also accused Goyal and his family members of msibehaving with them. They had given a written complaint against Goyal and others. We are investigating that complaint as well,” said ASP Brar.

“The entire incident was captured in CCTV cameras of the hospital. We have taken the footage and are scrutinising it. Whoever is involved in violation of law shall be booked,” the ASP added.

The infant was born prematurely early in the morning on July 2 . He was declared dead by a PGI doctor who visited the private hospital on Saturday following the ruckus after a staff member of Chaitanya Hospital informed Amit Goyal of the child’s death.

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  1. M
    Jul 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm
    Whenever cases like these come to the fore, they are invariably involve poorly-educated shopkeepers who have never bothered to keep up with science - & who then come out with wild accusations based on their twisted thinking & motivated by petty pecuniary gains. I bet you that this guy Goyal first begged the docs at Chaitanya to do anything to save his child - & then, when handed the bill, began to make all kind of accusations. Doctors should not spare people like these - & actually circulate a black-list through their ociations, so that when anyone in the family next goes to a psychiatrist for stress-related headaches, they can be told : "We will see you after you clear the arrears with Chaitanya - AND offer an unconditional apology !"
    1. R
      Jul 6, 2015 at 12:18 pm
      shame news to all doctors