Two doctors from India have been fired after declaring twin babies dead when one was still alive.
The incident occurred on Nov. 30. Twin premature babies were pronounced dead just hours apart from one another, The Inquisitr reported.
One of the babies was declared a stillborn, while the other was listed as being in critical condition. The baby survived a couple hours longer before doctors declared the infant dead.
The remains of the twin babies were placed in a bag and given to family members for burial. But on the ride home, family members noticed a "slight movement" in the bag.
When the twins' father, Ashish Kumar, opened the bag, he was shocked to see that one of the babies was still alive. They rushed the baby to the nearest hospital, where doctors found the infant alive, but in critical condition.
The newborn was place on life support. It is unclear whether or not the child is still alive. Kumar reportedly contacted police after the incident.
The hospital that initially pronounced the twins as being dead has since terminated two doctors who treated the twin babies, the Hindustan Times reported.
“While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from IMA is still in process, we have decided 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," the statement from Max Hospital read. "This strict action has been taken on the basis of our initial discussions with the expert group and as a reflection of our commitment to higher standards of care."
“We wish to clarify that this action should not presuppose finding of any lapse by the expert group and should not be construed in any way to be anything other than an expression of our continued commitment to providing quality healthcare,” they added.
Police are reportedly investigating the incident as an attempt to commit culpable homicide.
“The first notice under section 91 of Criminal Procedure Code asking for documents was sent on Saturday. The second notice was issued under Section 160 where doctors handling the case have to appear in person on Sunday," Aslam Khan of the Delhi Police told the Hindustan Times. "They are yet to respond to either of the two notices."
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal added that prosecutors should “check negligence and loot” by private hospitals.
“Whereas we value the independence of pvt hospitals and do not wish to interfere in their functioning, however, there ought to be a legal framework to check open loot and criminal negligence by a few blacksheep,” Kejriwal tweeted on Dec. 3.