The infant was one of the twin babies, who were born prematurely on November 30 at the Max Hospital.
"After they were declared dead, the babies were given to us in packets". The child was still breathing. The baby was handed over to the parents in a plastic bag.
"An inquiry regarding the said incident is to be initiated and a preliminary report is to be submitted within 72 hours and a final report within a week", a Delhi government order read.
The hospital - Shalimar Bagh's Max Super Speciality Hospital - has admitted to the bone-chilling incident, saying it is "shaken and concerned" by the "rare incident".
Delhi's minister of health also tweeted out that his department would conduct its own inquiry, calling the errant declaration of death an "unacceptable act". "Strongest action wud be taken if found guilty (sic)".
The police said in a statement that Shalimar Bagh police station received a phone call about the incident on Thursday. On Friday, the family members of the baby alleged that doctors have told them that the baby has developed severe infection after the incident at the Max Hospital.
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Parents of a newborn child who was declared dead by doctors are understandable outraged, as it turns out the child wasn't dead after all.
According to the twins' grandfather, the stunned family rushed the newborn to a nearby hospital where they were told that their baby was still alive, local media reported. While the girl was stillborn, the baby boy was declared dead later. "And I want to assure all that if they don't work properly we will cancel the licence of the hospital", Jain said. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which, the doctor concerned has been asked to proceed on a leave immediately.
On other hand, Dr KK Aggarwal president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) said such mistakes are "never mistakes" in the medical profession and the hospital has broken a protocol for which it is answerable.
Police have registered a case in the matter under Section 308 of the IPC which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and can attract imprisonment of up to seven years.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Aslam Khan said information about the incident was received at Shalimar Bagh police station.
Delhi police has sent the documents pertaining to the case to the Medical Council of India and the Delhi Medical Council for their opinion.