Nurse severs thumb of newborn while trying to remove bandage

After the nurse allegedly severed the boy’s thumb, she then dumped it in a dustbin.

By: Press Trust of India | Balurghat | Updated: July 14, 2015 1:05:03 am

A nurse has allegedly severed a thumb of an eight-day-old boy while trying to remove a bandage from his hand in a government hospital at Balurghat in south Dinajpur district.

The newborn was admitted to the Sick and Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) in Balurghat District Hospital with diarrhoea on July 6, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Sukumar De said on Monday.

The baby’s left palm was covered with bandage to administer saline. After the child’s condition improved, a nurse was removing the bandage on Sunday night. However, while doing so, she allegedly severed the boy’s thumb and then dumped it in a dustbin.

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The boy’s father, Babla Mondal raised a hue and cry, after coming to know what has happened. He also recovered the severed thumb from the dustbin.

Senior doctors visited the boy and sent him to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) in Siliguri to rejoin his severed thumb, De said.

The child’s ordeal did not end there as the NBMCH did not have the infrastructure to treat such a patient and sent him back to the Balurghat hospital. The child has been admitted there again. The CMOH said he has ordered an investigation and the accused nurse has been sent on a five-day leave.

The child’s father has also lodged a complaint with the police over the incident.

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