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Infant abandoned in hospital dies

punjab Updated: Apr 14, 2012 12:39 IST
HT Live Correspondent

A premature baby boy, who was abandoned by his mother in Kapoor Hospital on April 9, succumbed to his sickness here of Friday. The child was suffering from respiratory distress syndrome and was on life supporting system.

The hospital authorities informed the Daresi police, which sent the child's body to the civil hospital for a post-mortem.

The hospital staff as well as the police tried to search for the child's mother on the address mentioned in the hospital's record files, but to no avail. The house at Chawani Mohalla was found locked.

The police came to know from the locals that the couple residing there as tenants had vacated the accommodation two days ago.

The expectant woman was admitted to Dr BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital on April 8. She was accompanied by a youth, who identified himself as her brother.

"The woman, who was already in labour pains, required immediate delivery. We admitted her. She was 32-week pregnant and gave birth to a boy on April 9, but he was premature. The child was suffering from respiratory distress syndrome," said Dr Kiran Gupta, gynaecologist.

"We had put the child on life support system and asked the woman's brother to take the child to CMC or DMC hospital as the child required specialised treatment. However, the youth was reluctant to take the child to any other hospital," she added.

The woman had mentioned her name Radha, 22, while the youth accompanying her had signed in as Pappu Kumar. The woman told the hospital staff that she was a widow as her husband had died three months ago.

"The woman left the hospital on April 9, leaving her child. The phone number mentioned in the files was switched off, said Dr Rajni Choudhary, who was administrating medical aid to the child. "The police have been tracing the woman by tracing the call details of their mobile number," said Sanjiv Kapoor, SHO of the Daresi police station.

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