In a shocking incident of hospital negligence in Delhi, the body of a newborn girl was found dumped in a bio-medical waste disposal truck at the privately-owned Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri, on Monday.
The infant had died of complications at 1.30am on Monday. The family had paid the hospital Rs. 1,500 to keep her body in the mortuary overnight, but it was missing when the family came back for the body around 10am.
“We asked for it (the body) and it wasn’t there. One of the hospital staff suddenly ran towards a truck collecting biomedical waste. He looked in the garbage bags and found her there,” said Ashok Kumar, the newborn’s uncle.
The hospital has denied medical negligence but its medical superintendent Dr Nidhi Sareen said a four-member enquiry panel will be constituted, “They will submit a report in three days”. The newborn was under the supervision of Dr V Anand and CP Sachdev.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was shocked at the incident and promised a probe into the matter, “Dumping a newborn’s body into the garbage is cruel and inhuman. We’ll investigate the matter and take action against the guilty”.
DCP Ranvir Singh said a case has been registered under Section 297 (Trespassing on burial places or offers any indignity to any human corpse) of the IPC “against hospital employees”. It is thought that the hospital staff mistook the newborn’s body as an amputated limb and dumped it into the garbage bag.
Rajesh Kumar Verma, the newborn’s father, said his daughter was born prematurely at Khanna Nursing Home in Janakpuri at 1.30pm on Sunday. The family said she had swelling in her head and the doctors advised them to take her to Mata Chanan Devi Hospital.
“The baby was referred to our hospital as she was very sick and had acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS),’ said Dr Sareen.
But the family claimed that the newborn’s treatment was delayed as the hospital demanded an advance, “We paid them Rs. 30,000 and after that treatment was started. At 2.15am we were told she had died,” said Ashok.