Chief minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday met the parents of the newborn boy whose thumb was accidentally severed by a nurse at Balurghat District Hospital in South Dinajpore district and expressed hope that the child would get well soon.
The Chief Minister had taken the initiative to get the infant admitted to SSKM Hospital.
“Here we have a team of good doctors and nurses who treat patients with care. The report that the infant can’t be cured is not right. We are hoping that the boy will get well soon and something positive will happen,” Mamata said after visiting the infant and his parents.
The district health department received the suspension order of the nurse following announcement by the Chief Minister that she should be terminated from services. On July 14, while inaugurating a paediatric lab unit at the SSKM Hospital, Mamata had said that the negligence which cost the child his thumb was a criminal offence and the the nurse responsible for this should lose her job.
The infant was admitted to the Sick and Neo-natal Care Unit of Balurghat Hospital with diarrhoea on July 6 and his left palm was covered with bandage to administer saline.
As the infant’s condition improved, the bandage was being removed when the nurse allegedly severed the boy’s thumb and then threw it in a dustbin.
The infant’s father had also lodged a complaint with the police over the incident.