Declared ‘dead’ by doctors, baby found alive before burial

Hospital officials have now initiated an inquiry to look into why the baby was declared dead and handed over to the parents.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 19, 2017 5:57 am
Dead baby found alive, baby found alive before burial, safdarjung hospital dead baby, Delhi news The father said nursing staff had told him the baby was not breathing and handed over a “sealed packet”. (Representational Image)

A 22-week-old premature baby, weighing under 500 grams, was reportedly declared dead by doctors at Safdarjung Hospital on Sunday. As the family made preparations for the burial, they found that the child was alive. Hospital officials have now initiated an inquiry to look into why the baby was declared dead and handed over to the parents.

Confirming the incident, Dr A K Rai, Medical Superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital, said there was “no medical negligence”. However, he said an inquiry has been initiated as to “why the baby was declared dead”.

“The baby weighed 460 grams. As per WHO guidelines, such children don’t survive and are not supposed to be revived. Hence, there is no medical negligence on part of the doctors. However, even if the baby did not cry and was motionless, staff should have checked if the baby was alive. We will conduct an inquiry into the matter,” Dr Rai said.

The father said nursing staff had told him the baby was not breathing and handed over a “sealed packet”. “We had started to make arrangements for the funeral when we found that the limbs were moving. When we opened the packet, we could see the baby breathing. We made a PCR call and rushed to Apollo Hospital,” the father said.

While confirming that they received the PCR call, police said the child’s family gave in writing that they do not want any legal action in the matter. Meanwhile, Dr Pratima Mittal, Professor and Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said it is a case of an “abortion” and that there “are no chances of a premature baby surviving”.

“The woman came to the hospital bleeding. Under WHO guidelines, this is a case of abortion; we consider a case an abortion if it is either a 20-week pregnancy or if the baby weighs under 500 gms. In such cases, there is no revival. The baby has been kept in the nursery. However, there are no chances of survival. But staff should have waited before declaring the baby dead,” she said.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Dr Sanket Agrawal
    Jun 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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    tajendra sachdev
    Jun 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    Sure,miracles do take place The new born child survived,despite Being declared dead by the hospital Whether hospital was in a hurry to declare Baby dead or they took it for granted that it Was an abortion case.and hence baby wouldn't Survive Anyway as the saying goes,all is well if the End is well God bless the baby the family
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    N D Jain
    Jun 19, 2017 at 10:31 am
    I am surprised to know the weight of the infant.
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    Rajendra Swain
    Jun 19, 2017 at 10:26 am
    Immature baby may not move eye ball to indicate living.may not move appendages even if by applying cold water although may not cry,may have less respiration rate in stead of 140 per minute which should be observed by stethoscope. Termination of pregnancy should not be allowed to kill female fetus after determination.Abortion should not be allowed for unmarried daughter,rather counselling should taken to handed over the parents family to care the pregnant daughter.Let us value daughters by securing their engagement 50 in every shift.Let the do ents be transfer to family head to mother in stead of father to check fetus killing.killing. Dowry system should be eradicated to reduce burden of daughter for hr marriage by her parents.Male partners with out the willing of female partners should be punished under rules for the security of daughter.Let the daughters walk in night for her various activities like male one.Let us value the daughter socially for their with that of male.
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    Jun 19, 2017 at 9:05 am
    I can only feel pity for the doctors who are taking cover under flimsy excuses. It is a case of gross negligence.
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    Manu John
    Jun 19, 2017 at 8:39 am
    My baby weighed just 500 grams at birth, now she is totally healthy at age 1 There are cases of even lesser weight kids surviving in India. Please do all you can to give necessary support to the baby!!
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    Jaijawan Jaikisan
    Jun 19, 2017 at 6:57 am
    Our folks will attach some divine magic to the event, rather than investigate doctors recklessness.
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