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Mohali: Baby found in polythene bag a fighter, needs warmth, say doctors

“She is a fighter in the real sense as she has survived death,” says Dr Tejwir Singh Shimar, a paediatrician treating her.

punjab Updated: May 18, 2018 18:07 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Baby in polythene bag,Abandoned infant,fathers tries to sell baby girl
Dr Tejwir Singh Shimar attends to the baby at Mohali civil hospital. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)

A newborn baby girl, who was bundled up in a polythene bag for almost six hours by her father to be sold, has proved to be a fighter, but is looking for the warmth of a mother’s bosom, according to doctors who are treating her in a Mohali hospital.

Hours after she was born, her father Jaspal Singh put her in a polythene bag and tried to sell her outside the Civil Hospital in Phase 6, Mohali on Monday night.

Dr Jaideep Brar, on emergency duty at the hospital, alerted the police when Jaspal approached him and said he wanted to sell the infant.

Jaspal was arrested and sent to judicial custody on Tuesday, and the baby was admitted to the hospital.

Weighing 3 kgs, with thick black hair, the little girl has been kept in a warmer in the Sick New Born Care Unit (SNBCU) of the hospital.

“She is a fighter in the real sense as she has survived death,” says Dr Tejwir Singh Shimar, a paediatrician treating her.

“She looks for the warmth of a mother’s bosom and is very active, but cries a lot,” says Manpreet Cheema, the in-charge of the nursery. She is being artificially fed and smiles beautifully when she’s picked up and cuddled.

When she was brought to the hospital, doctors had doubts she would survive. “She could hardly breathe and as she had been in the bag for hours, she was put on oxygen,” Shimar explained.

As nobody knew about the condition of her birth, she was given antibiotics to ward off infections. “We have urged the police to trace the mother so that the child can be breastfed,” the doctor said.

Her mother, Manjit was taken to GMCH in Chandigarh, Sector 32, according to a neighbour who did not want to be named. However, police have not yet contacted her in GMCH.

Some staff in Mohali civil hospital have taken to calling the newborn ‘Baby’ while others refer to her as ‘Manjit’s baby,’ because the tag on her right leg carries her mother’s name.

Ironically, if the father Jaspal’s version of the story is to be believed, it was Manjit who had suggested that he sell her as they could not afford a third child. The couple has two sons, aged 10 and five.

Adoption Requests Pour In

Meanwhile, requests for adoption are pouring in. “We have received about 10 queries regarding adoption,” Dr Shimar said.

Neighbours of Jaspal and Manjit have said they believe the infant was delivered at home without even the help of a midwife.

“Jaspal had helped deliver the child as the family did not want to inform anyone about the birth,” a neighbour told HT.

First Published: May 18, 2018 14:48 IST