No baby swapping at AIIMS, DNA test confirms

February 18th, 2008 - 11:05 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Three days after a couple alleged that the staff of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had swapped a new born boy with a girl, a DNA test confirmed that the girl was actually born to the parents who had alleged swapping. “The DNA test report confirmed that the female baby belonged to the same parents,” said Y.K. Gupta, spokesman for AIIMS.

Hospital authorities had ordered a DNA test to verify the claim Friday.

Ayuesh Gupta and Prem Lata in their complaint to the police alleged that the AIIMS staff had told them that the mother had delivered a boy Feb 14. 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.

“Some unscrupulous elements must have spread the rumour. As a precaution, we displayed an advisory in the wards for parents to seek information about their babies from the doctor concerned,” Gupta told IANS.

He said those responsible for creating the confusion are being investigated. “The guilty will be punished. Such rumours can malign the name of an institution like AIIMS,” he added.

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