Newborn fractures right hand at birth, family blames negligence

A newborn baby in India reportedly fractured his right hand during a natural birth at a hospital, prompting the child’s family to accuse staff of medical negligence.

The incident happened in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. According to the baby’s family, the doctors and nurses were negligent in handling the newborn during delivery.

A 19-year-old woman, identified as S. Vasantha, was admitted to a hospital in the city of Krishnagiri for a natural birth. She then gave birth to the child on October 20. However, the baby suffered shoulder dystocia and his right hand was broken.

The child was later taken to Hosur Government Hospital for further treatment, after which the baby’s family and some members of local political parties protested, condemning the first medical center’s negligence.

“A nurse and paramedic for Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) performed the delivery and informed me that the baby was entangled in the umbilical cord and his right hand was broken. We were taken to Hosur GH in two ambulances. The baby is safe now and the doctor said it will take over six weeks to recover,” the child’s mother told the New Indian Express.

A doctor at the facility responded to the allegation: “Vasantha suffered a postpartum hemorrhage and the baby was wrapped with the umbilical cord, but the nurse worked effectively and saved both of them who faced shoulder dystocia that broke his right hand. They were referred to Hosur GH as the baby’s hand was swollen.”

Joint health director P Paramasivan told DT Next he was not aware of the incident but would launch an investigation.

Last month, a newborn baby died from overheating in a warmer in Rajasthan state. The baby was admitted to the Mother and Child Hospital of the Mahatma Gandhi Government Hospital due to being underweight. Another child was also injured by overheating a warmer at the same facility. The local authority said two contract nurses who were on duty at the time of the incident have been terminated with immediate effect. The condition of the other injured baby was initially unknown.

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