Max Hospital found guilty in newborn baby death case

Max Hospital found guilty in newborn baby death case

A preliminary inquiry report submitted by a Delhi government-appointed three-member panel of doctors to Health Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain on Tuesday revealed that Max didn't follow prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborns. Approximately, one million children die each year due to complications of preterm birth, World Health Organization says.

Later, as the family was en route to a shmashāna - a Hindu cremation ground - for the baby boy, the parents felt "some movements" inside one of the polythene bags provided by the hospital, according to CNN.

The tot was then placed on life support.

"We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident", the hospital said.

The boy, who was born prematurely in Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, died in a clinic in Pitampura, where he was being treated for a week after his parents found him alive while taking the "body" for final rites.

His father, known only as Ashish, told Delhi-TV the physicians also demanded extra money to improve the chances of keeping the baby and his mother, who was injured during the pregnancy, alive.

The major misstep comes after doctors at another hospital in India found that a 52-year-old woman had been carrying an aborted baby in her abdomen for 15 years according to Life News Friday.

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One of 14 "Max Healthcare Super Specialty" hospitals, the hospital boasts of world-class healthcare services.

As the news came up on several media channels, the Max Hospital terminated the services of the involved doctors.

The hospital noted that while the termination of employment for two of the hospital's doctors reflects a "commitment to higher standards of care", it is not a statement which finds the doctors at fault.

A medical negligence case was registered under section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital.

The association is conducting an inquiry along with hospital officials.

"There is definitely a mistake", Aggarwal said. "I don't think any doctor will do it willfully", he added.

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