Later, it had also emerged that the hospital had quoted Rs 50 lakh as the cost to keep the baby at the nursery. But while the parents were on their way to a crematorium they noticed that one of their babies was actually alive.
In a preliminary investigation, the north Delhi's Shalimar Bagh-located Max Super Specialty Hospital has been found guilty of not following the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a 22-week premature newborn, due to which he was declared dead on November 30 while he was still alive.
Max Healthcare in New Delhi issued a statement saying the "unfortunate incident" occurred Thursday following a premature delivery of twins after a five-month pregnancy.
The girl was stillborn and the boy was pronounced dead a short time later.
"When we opened the bag, we found the boy breathing".
The baby was rushed back to the hospital and placed on life support.
"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", the hospital said in its statement.
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"We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support".
According to The Hindustran Times, the boy's father, Ashish Kumar, alleged the doctors who helped his wife deliver the babies requested Rs 50 lakh - about 75 cents in United States dollars - to keep the baby alive, and another Rs 35,000 - about $540 in USD - to sustain the chances of his wife's survival.
The boy is still in a critical condition in hospital, according Dr. Sandeep Gupta, from the Delhi New Born Centre where the baby is now receiving treatment.
As part of its action, Max Healthcare had made a decision to terminate the services of two doctors allegedly involved in the case of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead, the group said in a statement.
The association is conducting an inquiry along with hospital officials.
"There is definitely a mistake", Aggarwal said. Failing to do so, a reminder would be sent and if they do not respond then, the police will take action. "I don't think any doctor will do it willfully", he added.