Kejriwal meets parents of newborn wrongly declared dead, assures monetary, legal help
Max hospital: A pair of twins – a boy and a girl – prematurely born at 22 weeks, was declared dead by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh and were handed over to the family in a polythene bag.delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2017 22:09 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met the family of the twins, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by Max hospital, Shalimar Bagh, and assured them of assistance.
The family has been reportedly assured that the government will provide legal help if they decide to challenge the decision of the Court of the Financial Commissioner that stayed the government’s order to cancel the hospital’s licence.
“The CM met us today and assured he would help us in any way needed. He asked us to wait till January 9, when the next hearing on the matter of licence cancellation is scheduled. After that, he said we can challenge it in the high court,” said Deepak Bidawat, uncle of the deceased twins.
“The matter is sub-judice so we cannot comment on it. If the family wants, they can challenge the decision in the court of law. And, the Delhi government will provide them legal help, if needed,” said Nagendra Sharma, spokesperson of the government.
“He has spoken to the police about the case,” he added.
The family went on a dharna demanding justice in front of the hospital, which opened after 11 days on Wednesday. “We will continue the dharna till the doctors and the hospital is punished,” said Deepak.
The family had demanded a CBI probe into the matter, alleging the crime branch was not doing anything. “They have not contacted us even once to record our statement; they have not even visited the hospital. What are they doing?” Deepak had said.
The family said they had already filed a petition in a Rohini court, demanding to know the progress in the investigation.
A pair of twins – a boy and a girl – prematurely born at 22 weeks, was declared dead by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, and were handed over to the family in a polythene bag.
When the family was taking the babies for the last rites, they discovered that the boy was alive. He was kept on a ventilator for nearly a week at a hospital in Pitampura, where he died.
The Delhi government had cancelled the licence of the hospital on December 8.
First Published: Dec 22, 2017 22:09 IST