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Infant dies in incubator, kin allege neglect

A four-month-old infant died in an incubator at a private hospital in Allahabad allegedly due to the hospital staff’s negligence, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: May 03, 2009 23:21 IST
HT Correspondent

A four-month-old infant died in an incubator at a private hospital here allegedly due to the hospital staff’s negligence.

The infant’s parents and other relatives attacked Jagriti Hospital after the boy’s death. They alleged that the infant had died as the hospital staff had failed to control the incubator’s temperature, where he was kept for treatment, on Saturday.

Four-month-old Divyanshu was admitted to the Paediatric ICU at the nursing home on May 1. He was suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. The doctors kept him in the incubator for regulating his body temperature.

Early on Saturday morning, Divyanshu was found dead with burn marks on his left palm, which had turned blackish blue. The aggrieved relatives, including child’s father Pankaj Tripathi, from Chandupur village in Kaushambi district, alleged that the nurses had failed to control the incubator’s temperature, which had led to Divyanshu’s death.

After the boy’s relatives attacked the hospital, the body was sent for postmortem by the police. A panel of three doctors conducted the autopsy and preserved the viscera for further investigation.

When contacted, one of the attending doctors Sanjeev Agarwal said the child’s was serious when he was brought to the hospital. He was suffering from brain fever and was referred from a missionary hospital where had been admitted for several days.

“The boy’s parents were also apprised of his condition,” he said and claimed that, “there was no negligence on the part of hospital staff in regulating the temperature of incubator, where the boy was kept for treatment.”