Row Over ‘baby Swap’ at Lakhimpur Hospital | Guwahati News
Guwahati: The parents of a newborn baby filed a complaint with the Lakhimpur Medical College Hospital (LMCH) after receiving a baby girl a day after the mother claimed she had given birth to a boy on Saturday morning. Incidentally, the hospital authorities also agreed that all babies born at LMCH on Saturday were boys.
According to hospital records, the mother, Chayanika Das de Lakhimpur town, gave birth to a baby boy who weighed 2.8 kg. LMCH Additional Superintendent Dr. Nikhil Kakoty, told TOI that the baby was in her mother’s care Saturday night. But after waking up in the morning, the baby “turned out to be a girl”. Chayanika said the newborn had been wrapped in a cloth since birth and she did not confirm whether it was a boy or a girl.
“We are surprised by the complaint. There is no alternative but to do a DNA test of the parents and the child to find out if it is indeed their daughter. The samples will be sent to Guwahati,” Kakoty said.
The hospital also doubts the health staff who registered the baby’s birth as a boy earlier. Kakoty said the relevant health official may have wrongly listed the sex as a boy in the birth registry, but that cannot be an excuse. “Caregivers and the mother were surprised as they put the baby in a new dress this morning,” he added.
Kakoty said on June 24, a woman from Gohpur in neighboring Biswanath district gave birth to a baby girl and was discharged from hospital at 11 a.m. on Sunday. “We strongly suspect that this baby may have been swapped with the baby girl delivered by Gohpur’s wife,” Kakoty said. The LMCH has been under government scrutiny for mismanagement.