Case of negligence:Doctor declares newborn dead in India by mistake.




A newborn baby, declared dead by a hospital in the Indian capital Delhi, was found to be alive while they were on their way to his funeral.The incident has sparked outrage and a debate over the quality of private healthcare which is often costly.

The boy’s mother gave birth to twins Thursday at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi.

Doctors at the Hospital had pronounced the baby dead hours after his twin who was stillborn.

The parents said they noticed one of the babies squirming inside the plastic bag that doctors placed the infants in.Doctors said one of the twins — a baby girl — was stillborn. They initially said the boy was in critical condition, but two hours later he was declared dead, Praveen Malik,the twin’s father said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that he had ordered an inquiry into the matter. The state health minister has also described the incident as “shocking criminal negligence”.

According to the twins’ grandfather, the stunned family rushed the newborn to a nearby hospital where they were told that their baby was still alive, local media reported.

In a statement to reporters, Max hospital said they were “shaken” and “concerned” over the incident, and added that the doctor has been asked to go on leave, pending an inquiry.

Delhi police have begun to investigate the case and have consulted legal experts.

This is the second instance in recent months where a private hospital in India has been called out for negligent care. Last month, a girl died of dengue fever in another hospital and the parents allege they were overcharged for her treatment.