Newborn buried alive found crying after exhumation

In a situation described as “total medical negligence”, a little girl in India who was initially found dead by hospital staff was later found alive at her own funeral.

Reportedly, the error occurred today due to staff at Jammu Hospital and Kashmir’s Banihal Subdistrict Hospital, where a little girl was diagnosed with stillbirth.

India’s Press Trust reported that the girl was “found alive” when her family was digging her grave about an hour after her funeral.

Great Kashmir reported that the child was born during a mediocre retreat in Shammemma Begum, who is married to Basharat Ahmed Gujjar. After hospital staff delivered the worst possible news, the locals, about two miles from Bankoot Village, launched a demonstration to protest against the child’s burial site – who was buried in a normal cemetery, not at the ancestral site.

According to NDTV, local sarpanch or policymaker Manzoor Alyas Wani claimed the child was pronounced dead and had not received adequate medical care at the hospital two hours before the funeral in the local village.

At this point, local residents showed up to protest the burial site and forced the family to dig the burial site.

“To her utter shock, the little girl was found alive and crying,” local residents said Great Kashmir. The child was then returned to the original hospital and then referred to a Kashmir hospital for specialist treatment.

The girl, initially believed to be dead, was buried and later kicked out on the spot following protests. This resulted in the immediate suspension of two hospital staff.
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“This is the culmination of carelessness and unprofessionalism on the part of doctors and other workers stationed at SDH Banihal,” said a local protestor during the demonstration.

cashmere life announced that a specialized hospital is located in Srinagar, the largest city of Jammu and Kashmir. Following the funeral, a police squad led by police officer Banihal Muneer Khan arrived at the scene and reportedly reassured protesters with “assurances that anyone found guilty of negligence would be treated lawfully.”

The GNS news agency, citing Deputy Commissioner Ramban Masrat-ul-Islam, said two hospital employees involved in the error had been immediately suspended and an investigation was ongoing.

The staff consists of a nurse and a “sweeper” who works in the gynecology department of the hospital.

The US National Library of Medicine reported that there are less than 5 percent of stillbirths worldwide. Outcome can be caused by a variety of factors, including intra-labor complications, high blood pressure, diabetes, infections, birth and genetic defects, placental dysfunction, and a pregnancy lasting more than 40 weeks.

However, the number of stillbirths in India is well above average. According to United Nations estimates released in the fall of 2020, India had around 0.34 million of the 1.9 million worldwide stillbirths in 2019 – the highest percentage in the world.

India, Pakistan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China and Ethiopia reportedly had nearly half of all stillbirths in the world.

However, India has made progress in this area. The United Nations said it reduced the number of stillbirths by about 53 percent between 2000 and 2019, or from about 29.6 percent to about 13.9 percent of stillbirths per year.

It is unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the numbers since this report.

news week contacted Sub District Hospital for comment.

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