A four-day-old infant was crushed to death as an old woman accidentally fell on it in a hospital in India. The premature underweight baby boy was unwell and was kept under observation in the hospital's neo-natal nursery. No one, except the mother of a newborn, is supposed to enter thiat highly sterile unit.
At the Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital, however, a nurse allowed an infant's 70-year-old grandmother inside the nursery's feeding room. The woman suffered a blackout and fell on the baby while he was being breastfed. And the boy was crushed to death, the Hindustan Times reports.
"She had brought milk in a breast pump for her granddaughter. She handed it to a nurse inside the nursery," said Dr A Prasad, Medical Superintendent of the hospital.
Within minutes, she collapsed in a heap. She recovered a little later. But the baby on whom she fell did not.
Postmortem revealed that the baby had died of head injuries.
Interestingly the boy's family seemed to have put up with the loss bravely. They wouldn't even want to file a case against the old woman, revealed Sharad Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, West.
"The baby's mother told us it all had happened unintentionally and the old woman should have been deeply shocked by the death of the boy. She should not be made to suffer further, the mother felt and said she was not for filing any case against her," the official added.
Other doctors said it was a warning against slipshod oversight and indifference to norms. the woman shouldn't have been allowed inside the feeding room. "The neo-natal nursery is out of bounds for attendants and relatives. Pumps are handed over to the nurse who feeds the baby if the mother can't do it," they pointed out.