In a shocking case of negligence, a woman delivered seven-month-old twin boys in the compound of the state-run Civil Hospital in Gurgaon on Saturday.
The family of victim Ritu Singh alleged that hospital authorities did not pay heed to their request for a stretcher for 20 minutes. Hospital authorities claimed the allegation was baseless.
The father Ravinder Singh, 28, is an inverter battery mechanic. Residents of Garhi Fazidpur village, the couple also has a three-year-old daughter.
Singh said he reached the hospital with his pregnant wife and other relatives around 4.15pm and the babies were born at 4.35pm. After the delivery, the family members started shouting slogans against hospital authorities and Ritu was finally admitted at 4.50pm with her premature sons who weighed around 750 grams and 950 grams, respectively.
"When we reached Civil Hospital, there was nobody to attend to us. Despite repeated requests, the staff did not provide us a stretcher. We kept on waiting for 20 minutes but nobody turned up. After the babies were delivered, we were furious and demanded immediate medical attention. It was only then that the doctors and nurses rushed to Ritu and admitted her," said Singh.
Chief medical officer Dr Parveen Garg said, "Though I was not in hospital at that time but I have been told that the patient had just arrived and before she could be admitted, she gave birth."
He further said, "I am investigating the matter and if any lapse is found, strict action would be taken against the guilty."