New Delhi : Days after Delhi's Max Hospital made a massive blunder by declaring a living baby dead, the family has filed an FIR, which indicated that the bill for keeping the surviving baby in the nursery was Rs 50 lakh. Soon after the FIR was filed, the Delhi Police issued a notice to Max Hospital, asking them to join the probe in the case regarding newborns being declared dead. The fresh FIR filed has been filed by the father of the twins, Ashish, who said the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bag told that his wife Varsha – six-month pregnant with twins – had only 10-15 per cent chances of survival. However, later on, the hospital had given three injections, costing Rs 35,000, to the wife and said survival chances had risen to 30 per cent.
What is shocking, however, is the fact that he claimed that the hospital had charged a bill of Rs 50 lakh to keep the surviving baby in the nursery as long as it was out of danger. In the FIR, the father accused the hospital of committing a major mistake, adding that the institution did not carry out proper treatment of his babies. One of the babies was stillborn, but the surviving one was also declared dead by the hospital.
"Max hospital made a big mistake in not carrying out proper treatment of my babies, declaring them dead while (one was) alive and packing them in a parcel," he mentioned in his FIR. Dr Sagar Preet Hooda, joint commissioner (Northern Range) told that the case has been registered under Section 308 of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. "We will take the opinion of medical experts on whether the three injections were required. We are currently collecting relevant documents and checking the hospital records,” he told. In its defence, Max Hospital said it has started a detailed inquiry, and the concerned doctor has been asked to proceed on immediate leave.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said that strict action will be taken against a city-based private hospital and if required its licence would be cancelled, after the hospital in a case of medical negligence declared a baby dead along with its stillborn twin, but was found to be alive later. "When we came to know about negligence on the part of the hospital we ordered an inquiry into the same. And I want to assure all that if they don't work properly we will cancel the licence of the hospital," Jain said. He said the enquiry report will come on Monday and also said that a show cause notice was served to the hospital on November 22 for not treating the patients with EWS (economically weaker section) category.
In a clear case of medical negligence, doctors at Shalimar Bagh-located Max Super Specialty Hospital here on Friday declared a baby dead, along with his still born twin, and handed the bodies over to family members in a polythene bag. The baby was found alive just moments before being buried. The incident prompted the Health Minister to order a probe on Friday.
According to the aggrieved family, the twins were born premature on Thursday. While one baby was stillborn, the other was declared dead hours later after his condition was stated to be "critical" and "unable to survive". The Max Hospital in a statement said: "It has been brought to our notice that a 22-week premature newborn, who is said to be on life support at a nursing home, was unfortunately handed over (as dead) ... by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. "This baby was one of the twins delivered on the morning of November 30. The other baby was stillborn. "We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which the doctors concerned have been asked to proceed on leave immediately."The hospital said it was in constant touch with the parents and ready to extend all support. A similar incident was reported from Safdarjung Hospital in June when a newborn was found alive after doctors had declared the baby dead.