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Newborn burnt in incubator dies

A newborn who had suffered severe burns after the incubator in which he was kept had caught fire died in New Delhi’s Apollo hospital on Sunday night, reports S Raju.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2008 02:11 IST
S Raju

A newborn who had suffered severe burns after the incubator in which he was kept had caught fire died in New Delhi’s Apollo hospital on Sunday night. He was brought to Delhi from a Meerut hospital on Saturday night.

The infant’s last rites were performed at Bhangi village of Khataulli in Muzaffarnagar on Monday morning.

The police said they were yet to receive a complaint against the local Susheela Jaswantrai Maternity Hospital.

“We would initiate action against the hoIncubatorspital only after getting a complaint from the family,” Meerut Senior Superintendent of Poilce Raghuveer Lal said.

“We’re waiting for all family members to get together and take a decision on the issue,” Krishan Pal Singh, maternal grandfather of the child, said. The trust that runs the hospital had footed the bill for the treatment at Apollo, he said.

The mother, Kavita, is still ill and in the same maternity hospital. The baby is her second; the first one was “born dead” in the same hospital last year

The newborn was put in the incubator after he became unconscious soon after birth on Saturday. The incubator developed some snag and its tube blasted, resulting in the fire. The family has accused the staff of negligence.