Newborn baby wrongly declared dead by Delhi hospital, dies after 6 days

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The infant who was declared dead by Max Hospital and was found alive by the family on the way to the cremation ground, died at a private hospital today.

Four people from the medical staff - doctors and nurses - of Max Hospital at Shalimar Bagh were questioned on Monday.

The boy and his twin sister were born prematurely at 7.35am last Thursday, but the girl was stillborn and the boy pronounced dead at 1pm.

The police are trying to recreate the chain of events when the twins were declared dead and handed over to the family in a yellow plastic bag. "I was shocked. I couldn't believe my eyes".

Just before their last rites, the family discovered that the baby boy was breathing, the police said. "They betrayed us", Mr Malik said.

The baby was taken straight back to hospital and placed on life support.

"We didn't get anything from the government except false promises", he said.

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In a statement, the hospital confirmed it had dismissed Dr AP Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta.

Deepak Bidawat, the child's uncle, told the India Times: 'We will keep protesting until we get justice.

Max Healthcare had earlier said it had chose to terminate the services of two doctors allegedly involved in the case.

"We wish to clarify that this action should not presuppose finding of any lapse by the expert group and should not be construed in any way to be anything other than an expression of our continued commitment to providing quality healthcare", the statement from Max Healthcare said. The Indian Medical Association is investigating the case. The difference between a mistake and negligence is deliberate action.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Wednesday assured of action against the hospital and doctors after receiving the final report of a panel constituted by the Health Department to probe the alleged medical negligence by Max Hospital. Senior police sources said that if the allegations were found to be true, the hospital might be charged for extortion.

The physicians are now under investigation in what Max Healthcare in New Delhi has declared an "unfortunate incident".

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