Couple allege AIIMS staff swapped baby boy

February 16th, 2008 - 12:05 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) A couple Friday alleged that the staff of India’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had swapped their newborn boy with a girl. Ayuesh Gupta and Prem Lata in their complaint to police alleged that AIIMS staff had told them that the mother had delivered a boy Thursday morning.

But when Prem Lata was shifted from the labour room to the general ward, they were told that she had given birth to a girl and the baby was given to her.

“We only realised about the baby’s gender when the staff gave us the baby. But the medical file given to us also tells a different story,” Gupta said.

“The staff then asked my mother-in-law to return the file but she declined. I somehow managed to get it photocopied. But later they forcefully took both documents from us,” Gupta alleged.

Senior police officials said they were aware of the allegations but would register a case after getting a formal report from the AIIMS administration.

AIIMS chief spokesperson Y.K. Gupta said that they did not think that such a crime had taken place.

“We don’t think such an incident has really happened but have decided to go for a DNA test in the face of the allegations. The report will come by Tuesday and we hope everything will be cleared then,” Gupta told IANS.

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