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Baby mauled to death by dog inside operation theatre in Uttar Pradesh

IANS Jan 14, 2020

In a shocking incident, a new-born baby was mauled to death by a dog inside the operation theatre (OT) of a private hospital in Farukkhabad on 13th January.

Family members of the baby boy said that they noticed the hospital staff shooing a dog away from inside the operation theatre and soon after, they were told the baby boy, born just two hours ago, was dead. The family members said that they found the baby's body on the floor and it had deep gashes around the neck and other parts of the body.

District magistrate has ordered an FIR and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Chandra Shekhar said the hospital has been sealed and an inquiry ordered into the incident. Sources said that the hospital where the incident took place was unregistered and was being run adjacent to a government hospital. According to the FIR lodged with Sadar Kotwali police, the infant's father said he had admitted his wife in the hospital on January 13 and she was taken for a C-section to the operation theatre.

After the delivery, the mother was shifted to the ward but the family was told that the baby would be shifted later. An hour later, the family was informed that the baby had died. The family members then saw the hospital staff trying to chase a dog out of the operation theatre. The family members forced their way into the operation theatre and found the infant lying on the floor with several injuries on the neck. The police said that the baby's body has been preserved for examination and post mortem.

The FIR has been registered against Dr Mohit Gupta, and some of the staff members who were present during the delivery. The hospital owner, Vijay Patel, however, feigned complete ignorance about the incident and said that he had been told that the baby was born dead.

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