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Newborn Declared Dead at Indian Hospital Actually Wasn't

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A newborn declared dead in India was actually alive, and people want to know how such a mistake was made. (Scott C. Soderberg/Dreamstime)

By    |   Friday, 01 December 2017 02:40 PM

A newborn declared dead by doctors at a private hospital in India was found to be alive as the parents transported the baby for last rites and saw him moving. The infant was a twin, but the other child was stillborn.

Once they saw him move, the parents of the newborn rushed him to the closest hospital where they were told he was alive, his grandfather said, the BBC reported

Max Hospital, where the twins were born, released a statement saying it was “shaken” and “concerned” about the incident. The hospital asked the doctor to go on leave until the matter could be investigated, the BBC reported.

Delhi police are investigating how the child could have been declared dead when it was alive.

The incident has caused public outrage and questions about whether private healthcare in India, which is costly for citizens, actually delivers higher quality care than the public health system, the BBC reported. 

According to Money Control, the twins, a boy and a girl, were delivered prematurely Thursday at only 22 weeks.

In a tweet, state health minister Satyendar Jain called the incident “shocking criminal negligence” in a tweet. 

Others on Twitter commented about the hospital’s negligence and the apparent problems with private hospitals in India. 

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A newborn declared dead by doctors at a private hospital in India was found to be alive as the parents transported the baby for last rites and saw him moving. The infant was a twin, but the other child was stillborn.
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