Delhi govt finds Max Hospital guilty in infant death case

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The baby boy died at a nursing home in Pitampura after battling for life for almost a week.

On November 30, Ashish Kumar's wife gave birth to premature twins (a boy and a girl) at Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh.

A baby boy mistakenly declared dead by an Indian hospital last week, passed away on Wednesday morning. When the parents were on their way to a crematorium to perform their last rites, they found that the boy was still alive, and rushed him to another hospital.

Dr. Sandeep Gupta, who was treating the baby at the Delhi New Born Center said "we knew from the beginning that he may not survive but we were trying our best". "He was unable to keep his vitals up", Gupta said. He said that the baby died of multiple organ dysfunction.

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"We just learnt of the sad demise of the 23-week preterm baby, who was on ventilator support", Max Hospital said according to PTI. While we understand that survival in extreme preterm births is rare, it is always painful for the parents and family. "We wish them the strength to cope with their loss", it added.

Deputy Commissioner of police (northwest) Delhi, Aslam Khan, confirmed the news and told the Press Trust of India that the baby died on Tuesday evening. PTI reported that the child's father, Ashok Kumar, has refused to accept the body as a mark of protest.

Max Healthcare fired the two doctors considered responsible earlier this week, but emphasized that the decision to let the doctors go should not be interpreted as an admission of guilt.

"We have initiated a detailed enquiry, pending which, the concerned doctor has been asked to proceed on leave immediately", Max Hospital authorities said.

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The news of the death comes a day after the Delhi government probe team, in it's preliminary findings, found "the hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms".

He also said he will also not get his wife, who is still admitted at Max Hospital, discharged from until they get justice.

The twins born in a private hospital were both declared dead, when the parents noticed one of the babies squirming inside the plastic bag that doctors placed the infants in. Health Minister Satyendar Jain ordered a probe on December 1.

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