Max Hospital baby blunder: Four medical staff questioned

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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.

"We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident", the hospital said.

The twins were born on November 30.

On the way to the cremation ground, the family found the boy still breathing after noticing "some movements" inside one of the polythene bags containing the babies' bodies.

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

The family returned with the baby to the hospital where he is in critical condition.

They hospital added that the decision to fire the two doctors is not to be interpreted as an admission of guilt.

"He is on ventilator support, nutrition support and other supports. He was bleeding from multiple organs and he could not survive", said Dr Sandeep Gupta of Agarwal Hospital. "Had the baby not been exposed for so many hours after his birth, maybe we could have probably prolonged his life longer". We don't trust the doctors there. "Our final demand with the government, with the world, is that we need justice", he said.

According to police, the focus of the questioning was to find out the specific duties of each team member and recreate the chain of events that led to the newborn being wrongfully declared dead, The Times of India reported. The parents alleged the babies were declared dead by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh but they later discovered that the boy was 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.

"No ECG (Electrocardiography) tracings were done to trace whether the child was alive", the source said, referring to the findings of the initial report.

Two doctors have been sacked following the incident and a health minister in the city has threatened to cancel the hospital's licence.

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