Two newborns- one a a five-day old and the other four-day old- reportedly died in a warmer, which is meant to regulate their temperatures and provide warmth, at the Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta, (MCHC), The Times of India reported.
It is only after parents of one of the babies lodged a complaint with the MCHC that the health department launched a probe and set up a committee to look into the incident.
The incident took place on November 21, and both the babies died in the sick newborn care unit (SNCU). Both the babies has developed jaundiced and were put together in a warmer along with a third newborn.
The TOI report further states, "The third baby had the temperature probe to monitor heat attached and was taken away by the mother, leaving the other two without the apparatus on the night of November 20. Shockingly, no nurse or doctor took note of this."
"When my sister-in-law went to breastfeed the baby on the night of November 20, the baby's body was excessively hot and he did not suckle. When she told the nurses to check, they told her to go back to the ward saying they would take care of it," Saba Javed, the relative of one set of parents told TOI.
Saba's husband Mohammad Javed told the newspaper, "The baby was roasted alive. The doctors and nurses on duty should be booked for negligence. How could they be so insensitive?"
Sources in the hospital told TOI that three babies were kept in the same warmer because there were too many newborns that needed the radiant warmers.