Will the babies be fed properly?

Two mothers in distress after Hyderabad hospital mixes up their babiesImage for representation
news Baby Mix-up Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 19:53

​Two young mothers at the Government Maternity Hospital in Hyderabad might have to wait for another few days to hold their babies in their arms. This after the hospital mixed up the newborns. The couples had sought for a DNA test on Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ranjitha from Mahbubnagar and P Rama Devi from Rangareddy district gave birth in two different wards. They had both undergone a caesarean. While one of them had given birth to a girl, the other had a boy.

Sudhakar, SI of Sultanbazar police station told The News Minute that the couples had sought for a DNA test.

“Since the hospital does not have equipment for the DNA test, the mothers will have to be taken to the FSL laboratory in Red Hills, which is about 8km away. Since the stitches are fresh, we fear that they would open up if we moved the women. They will have to wait at least five days until they are discharged,” he said.

Asked about the babies, Sudhakar said that the newborns were being taken care of by the hospital in the Special Newborn Child Unit (SNCU) ward.

According to a TNIE report, after the deliveries, a staff of the hospital informed Ranjitha's family that she had given birth to a boy. The baby boy’s wrist had a tag with her name written in English. However, the staff later took the baby away saying there was a confusion.

The same happened with Rama, however, upon seeing the tag with her name around the baby boy’s hand, she breastfed it. Until Wednesday evening the baby girl was reportedly not fed.

"It is the hospital's responsibility to take care of the babies. They should be feeding it,"Sudhakar added.

The hospital did not respond to The News Minute’s calls.​

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