DMCH regrets declaring newborn dead

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:16, Oct 18,2020


Dhaka Medical College Hospital authorities on Saturday expressed regrets declaring dead a newborn girl who was found alive minutes before her burial in the capital on Friday.

The newborn was in critical condition and undergoing treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital on Saturday.

DMCH director Brigadier General AKM Nasir Uddin told reporters that they had formed a committee, headed by neonatology department professor Monisha Banarjee, to probe into the matter.

The director also expressed regret over the incident saying that they had instructed the physicians concerned to be more careful and cautious in examining newborns.

The newborn girl was declared dead by a doctor at the hospital early Friday and hospital staff put the baby in an abandoned box of hand gloves and asked her father Yeasin Mollah to take her to Azimpur graveyard for burial.

Yeasin took the baby to Azimpur graveyard. As he lacked money, he was advised to go to Rayerbazar graveyard, where the burial cost is comparatively lower.

In Rayerbazar graveyard, a grave was dug, but minutes before the burial, the box jerked and the baby showed signs of movement inside, Yeasin said.

Yeasin said that they took the baby to DMCH immediately and she was admitted to the hospital.

The newborn is the second child of Yeasin and his wife Shahinur Akter.

A physician at the hospital said that the newborn was significantly underweight, around 900 grams, as she was delivered prematurely. A newborn is perceived healthy when the weight is 2.5 kilograms.

She said that they were giving required treatments to the newborn, but could not predict anything.

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