Couple say they were misled by hospital
A couple who had allegedly abandoned their newborn baby at a hospital on October 2 and was wanted by the Sushant Lok police station in Gurgaon resurfaced on Monday to claim the baby.delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2008 23:53 IST
A couple who had allegedly abandoned their newborn baby at a hospital on October 2 and was wanted by the Sushant Lok police station in Gurgaon resurfaced on Monday to claim the baby.
They claimed the hospital had misled them by telling them that the baby was dead.
On October 10, the management of Paras Hospital filed a complaint in the police station against the couple — Savita and Naresh Kumar — claiming they had abandoned their baby at the hospital.
The woman had delivered a premature baby of seven months. The hospital authorities claimed they had given wrong names and address for hospital records. They said no one lived by that name in Teekli village.
However, Savita Kumar told HT that she and her husband had given correct names at the hospital.
“The hospital staff told us that the baby was almost dead. I was not shown the baby. When we demanded the body, they said there was nothing we could do with it, as it was a premature delivery. We left after clearing all the dues of the hospital.”
Kumar is a driver by profession and lives in Pataudi division with his wife Savita and parents. Savita’s parental home is in Teekli village near Badhsahpur — the address mentioned in the hospital records. The couple has a one-year-old girl.
“Till Sunday, I was thinking that my son was dead but I got to know that he was alive when the police reached us,” she said.
The couple got to know of their baby’s survival on October 12 when the police reached the house of Savita’s parents in Teekli village. On October 13, Kumar reached the hospital with the discharge papers and a payment receipt of Rs. 29,000. He was turned away.
Dr V Sobti, medical superintendent of Paras Hospital, denied Kumar’s allegations.
“The couple had left the hospital without informing the staff. They did not complete other formalities either. We had informed that since the delivery was pre-mature, the baby was very weak and critical. The baby was on ventilators since October 2. The couple is lying to avoid making payments to us that could have amounted to about Rs. 1 lakh.”