Doctor Mistakes Newborn Baby As Being Dead In India

The parents were shocked to learn their baby was still alive on their way to his funeral

A hospital in India has launched an inquiry into horrifying events which saw a newborn baby mistakenly declared dead by a doctor.

On Thursday, the mother had given birth to twins at the privately run Max Hospital in Dehli. As BBC reports, one of the twins—a baby girl— was stillborn while the boy was also pronounced dead after spending two hours in a critical condition.

But on their way to the funeral, the boy’s parents noticed movement inside the polythene bag carrying his body. 

“When we opened the bag, we found the boy breathing. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe my eyes,” twin’s grandfather, Praveen Malik, told CNN.

The little boy is now receiving treatment at a nursing home in New Delhi, the grandfather explained.

“We don’t want to keep our baby at Max hospital. We don’t trust the doctors there,” he said. “They betrayed us.” 

It is not known if the boy will survive.

In a statement, Max Hospital said the child had been “handed over without any sign of life” to the parents.

“We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which, the concerned doctor has been asked to proceed on leave immediately. We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the support needed,” the statement said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwa confirmed on Twitter that an investigation is underway while Delhi police are also looking into the incident. 

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