Jammu And Kashmir News Newborn Found Alive At Graveyard In J-K’s Banihal After Being Declared Dead


New Delhi: In what comes as a severe case of negligence, Ramban government hospital in Jammu and Kashmir reportedly declared a newborn dead after a normal delivery on Monday morning. Soon after, the baby girl was found alive when her family was forced to dig up her grave nearly an hour after she was buried, PTI reported. After the baby’s family performed her burial ritual at Hollan village, locals in the area objected that the family should bury the newborn at her ancestral graveyard. The family was forced to dig out the grave nearly an hour later. Miraculously, the baby girl was found to be alive after which she was immediately rushed to a hospital.

The incident sparked anger and protests as the family and others stormed the hospital to demand strict action against the staff for such negligence. Taking note of the incident, the administration suspended two employees posted at the labour room, and ordered a probe, the officials told PTI.

As per the local sarpanch, the baby who miraculously survived belonged to Basharat Ahmad Gujjar and Shameema Begum. They hail from Bankoot village, 3 kms from Banihal town of Ramban district.

Wani alleged the baby was declared dead and was not given medical attention at the hospital for over two hours before the family decided to perform her burial at Hollan village.

“After initial treatment, she was referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment by the doctors,” he said.

Gujjar leader Choudhary Mansoor, also a panch, accused the hospital staff of negligence. Banihal Block Medical Officer (BMO) Dr Rabia Khan said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

“We have already placed a junior staff nurse and sweeper working in the gynaecology section under suspension with immediate effect, pending an inquiry,” she said, adding further details will be shared after the inquiry is completed.

(With PTI Inputs)

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