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India parents: ‘Our baby died after doctors put him in a bag’

December 8, 2017
The babies were given to the parents in these plastic bagsImage copyrightAshish
Image caption The babies were given to the parents in these plastic bags

A shocking case of doctors in the Indian capital, Delhi, mistakenly declaring a newborn dead sparked outrage and led to the cancellation of the hospital’s licence. BBC Hindi’s Bhumika Rai met the parents at the centre of the ordeal.

Ashish Kumar remembers the morning of 30 November when he was told that his twins were stillborn in vivid detail.

Doctors at the privately run Max Hospital handed him his son and daughter in plastic bags.

“It was heartbreaking but I couldn’t cry because I had to stay strong for my wife,” he told BBC Hindi.

Instead he poured himself into arranging for the funeral of the babies, who had been born prematurely at 23 weeks.