In a shocking instance, a dog took away the body of a stillborn from the state-run Maharaja Yeshwantrao (MY) Hospital on Saturday morning. The baby was delivered by a 19-year-old teenager from Dhar.
The pregnant mother was admitted to the burns unit in the hospital on Thursday after suffering 83% burns in an accident. Sonography tests diagnosed that the baby had died and the fetus was removed to prevent further danger to the mother. She delivered the stillborn late on Friday night.
Hospital authorities allegedly did not send the body to the mortuary immediately, but left the fetus in a tray in the surgery unit, when the dog stole away the corpse.
“I was waiting by my daughters side when I saw a dog entering and picking the foetus from the tray. By the time I could alert anybody, it started running,” said an attendant accompanying the patient.
Hospital authorities remained mum on the matter, but nurses on duty in the burns department confirmed what happened.
“We had kept the foetus in the tray as the family members were not much interested in the body… since their daughter was also critical. They later on informed us and we then caught hold of the dog and put the body back,” said a nurse on the condition of anonymity.
Deputy superintendent of the hospital, Dr JK Verma, said the fetus was sent for postmortem to confirm what happened.
“It is very difficult to state what had happened as there is no eye witness except for the family members. We have sent the body for the postmortem and have also informed the police as it is a medico legal case. Once the report arrives we will be in a better position to talk about it,” he said.
Only last month, the hospital was caught in a maelstrom when two infants died from being given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen after a surgery.