Two days after Aamir Babu Mohammad was abandoned by his mother, the two-month-old baby on Wednesday was peacefully sleeping in the nurses' room in ward number 22 of Sion Hospital's paediatric department.
Aamir was shifted to this room for better monitoring of his needs. "The baby is doing fine and the hospital is taking care of his nutrition," said Dr Sandhya Kamath, dean, LTMG Hospital in Sion. Working in shifts, three nurses in the paediatric ward are taking care of the baby's feed.
Aamir, who was suffering from Down syndrome and a heart disease was abandoned by his parents on November 14, nine days after he was admitted in the hospital's paediatric ward for treatment.
"We have been giving medical care to the baby for his heart condition," said a doctor on condition of anonymity. The baby has a hole in the wall of both the upper and lower chambers of the heart, a condition that is a feature of the Down syndrome.
"This heart condition can be treated. But the Down syndrome cannot be corrected. The patient can be helped in treating the complications arising due to Down syndrome," said the doctor.
The hospital will now do the needful in co-ordination with the social workers after a decision is taken about his discharge. Referring to the procedure that civic hospitals follow in such incidents, dean of KEM Hospital, Dr Sanjay Oak, said: "We immediately inform the police and send the guard to the address given by the parents. The hospital then takes care of the baby and the police take the charge of the baby if the relatives are untraceable at the time of discharge."
Officials from the hospital said Aamir was possibly abandoned because of the family's poor financial condition and inability to afford his treatment.
According to hospital staff, the mother had asked the person on the neighbouring bed to take care of her baby and didn't return. They also added that the mother would often remain quiet and looked very stressed.