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Newborn incorrectly declared dead by Max hospital dies

The baby boy was undergoing treatement at a hospital in Pitampura, Delhi. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 06, 2017, 08.38 AM (IST)

A premature baby, who was delivered in Max Hospital and wrongly declared dead last week, has died during treatment, police said today.

The baby, born on November 30, died last evening, Aslam Khan, deputy commissioner of police (northwest), confirmed the news.

A panel formed by the Delhi government to look into the case yesterday found Max hospital guilty of not following prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants. The case relates to the birth of twins (a boy and a girl) on November 30. The parents alleged the babies were declared dead by Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, Delhi but that they later discovered the boy was alive.

The parents said they were told by the hospital that both babies were stillborn.

The infants were handed over to them in a polythene bag, they said.

Just before their last rites, the family discovered that the baby boy was still breathing, police said.

On December 2, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had said the hospital's licence could be cancelled if a probe found it guilty of medical negligence. 

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