India doctors fired for incorrectly declaring newborn dead

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Delhi's Max Hospital has sacked two doctors in connection with the horrific case where one of the newborn twins was declared dead but was later found alive.

The infant boy's mother gave birth to twins Thursday in the Indian capital of New Delhi.

"When we opened the bag, we found the boy breathing".

Two hours later, doctors declared the baby boy dead, CNN reported Saturday.

The family then rushed the baby to another hospital where, according to Indian TV, they were told it would cost 100,000 rupees (£1,150) for three days' treatment in an intensive care unit. "I was shocked. I couldn't believe my eyes", Malik said.

According to a local report, a police complaint was also filed against the hospital alleging that the doctors demanded $77,000 for keeping the surviving baby in the nursery till it was out of danger.

"While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from the IMA is still in process, we have chose to terminate the services of two treating doctors, doctors AP Mehta and Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies", Max Healthcare said in a statement.

"In a statement issued, the Max Hospital authorities announced that they have", chose to terminate the services of the two treating doctors Dr. A.P. Mehta and Dr. Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies".

Announcing the termination of the two doctors, the privately run hospital said in a statement , "This strict action has been taken on the basis of our initial discussions with experts".

A Max hospital spokesperson stated: "It has been brought to our attention that a pre-mature (22 weeks), new born baby who is reported to be on life support at a nursing home was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh".

State Health Minister Satyendar Jain posted a tweet say he has ordered an inquiry "into this unacceptable act".

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