Baby Swap Row: LMCH suspends two nurses for wrongly registering newborn’s gender

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LMCH issued a show-cause notice to other health staff who were also responsible for the incident
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Guwahati: The administration of the Lakhimpur Medical College Hospital (LMCH) on Tuesday suspended two nurses for their alleged mismanagement while registering a newborn’s gender.

The suspended nurses were identified as Julee Baruah and Rubi Borah Hazarika.

The development came after an enquiry was conducted on the basis of a complaint lodged by the parents of a newborn with hospital administration claiming that their baby boy got swapped for a girl.

According to hospital records, the mother, Chayanika Das of Lakhimpur town, delivered a baby boy on Saturday whose weight was 2.8 kg, whereas, the woman actually gave birth to a girl.

The administration earlier stated that the newborn baby was in the custody of the mother on Saturday night, but, after she woke up in the morning, the baby turned out to be a girl.

As there was no other alternative, the hospital opted for a DNA test of the parents and the child to ascertain whether the baby girl was their daughter or not. The samples were sent to Guwahati.

Interestingly, the hospital was also doubtful of the health staff who had recorded the birth of the baby as a boy earlier. According to the administration, the health official concerned might have wrongly entered the gender as a boy in the birth register.

On the other hand, a show-cause notice was also served to other health staff who were also responsible for the incident.

Meanwhile, suspended nurses are been asked not to leave the headquarter without prior permission from the authority LMCH.

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