Assam: Newborn declared dead by doctors in Silchar comes alive seconds before cremation

The family members of newborn lodged a complaint against the hospital and a doctor.

SILCHAR-   A bizarre miracle happened in Assam’s Silchar where a newborn, who was declared dead by doctors at a private hospital, was found alive when the family members were about to perform last rites.

The incident has sparked tension in the area with residents of Mainabil area of the town gathering outside the hospital and staging a protest against the doctors and staff, an official was quoted as saying by PTI.

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Ratan Das, the father of the newborn, claimed that he took his wife to a private hospital on Tuesday evening where doctors said it was a difficult pregnancy and they could save either the mother or the child.

“We allowed them to perform the delivery and they said my wife gave birth to a stillborn. On Wednesday morning, the hospital authorities handed over the child in a packet with a death certificate,” Das claimed.

When the family members reached the crematorium to conduct the last rites and opened the packet, the child began to cry.

“We took the baby to the hospital where he is under treatment,” Das added.

The family members, who lodged a complaint against the hospital and a doctor, claimed that hospital staff had kept the newborn inside a packet for more than eight hours, without even properly examining whether he was alive.

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Meanwhile, the hospital authorities said they kept the baby under observation for eight hours before declaring it dead.

“We examined the baby boy several times and it was not responding. We declared the child dead after following all necessary process and then handed him over to the family. There was no wrong intention on our part,” a hospital spokesperson said.


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