Baby pronounced dead wakes up on way to funeral

Max Hospital

Two hospital physicians in India have been fired after pronouncing a baby dead, only to have the child wake up in a bag while the family was driving to his funeral.

The hospital said: "We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident".

The twins born to Shalimar Bagh resident Ashish and Varsha at Max hospital on November 30 were 22 weeks premature.

The baby, found to be alive by the family, died after a week of treatment today in a nursing home in Pitampura.

Expressing condolences over the baby's death, the hospital in a statement said, "We just learnt of the sad demise of the 23-week preterm baby, who was on ventilator support".

While the twins were being taken for burial, they found the boy to be breathing inside one of the packages, police said.

The Max Hospital sacked two of its doctors after the news made national headlines.

"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".

According to Gupta, the baby died due to multiple organ dysfunction.

The family is reportedly unsure if the boy will survive but they will not be taking him back to Max Hospital. "Had the baby not been exposed for so many hours after his birth, maybe we could have probably prolonged his life longer". "Our final demand with the government, with the world, is that we need justice", he said. The hospital's licence should be cancelled and the doctor who declared my nephew dead should be jailed'.

They were part of the team that was allegedly associated with Thursday's incident in which a baby who was declared dead was later found to be alive.

Officers are also looking into three injections that were allegedly administered to the child at a cost of $710 (35,000 rupees) and were meant to increase the chances of survival. Senior police sources said that if the allegations were found to be true, the hospital might be charged for extortion.



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