Bhubaneswar, May 14: In shocking case of medical negligence, a new born baby, who was declared dead by a doctor in Bhubaneswar's biggest government hospital and dumped in a dustbin, was found alive by an attendant, CNN IBN reported.
The incident came to light when an attendent, out of curiousity, went to check if the baby was indeed dead.
"After the baby was born the doctor and nurse declared him dead and said the baby has rotted and is smelling badly. The nurse then threw the baby into the dustbin near the operation theatre. Out of curiosity, I went to the dustbin later to see the baby and found that it was breathing. I picked him up and he started crying," said hospital attendant Lata Pradhan.
Shocked at the gross negligence of the doctor, the baby's mother Pramila Dalei, said that the he should be punished for this act.
"When the nurse told me that the baby is dead, I asked them to hand over me his dead body but they did not. I want by baby back. The doctor should be punished," Dalei said.
The baby, who had suffered a broken leg, is now placed under intensive care unit (ICU) of the Capital Hospital, where the incident took place.
The state government has ordered an inquiry into the matter and the doctor in question has been transferred.
Meanwhile the hospital authorities have claimed that the baby was declared dead but it was never dumped inside a dustbin.
"We will give details of the incident to the government for further action. The health secretary is sending a team to investigate the matter," said Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Capital Hospital, Gangadhar Rath.