India: COVID-19 positive baby girl abandoned by parents at hospital

Patna: A 14-day-old baby girl who was abandoned at a government hospital in Jharkhand after being diagnosed as COVID-19 positive has defeated the deadly virus and also got her family back. Doctors said the baby is now completely fine and will be discharged in the next couple of days.

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The newborn with burst intestines had been admitted to a government hospital in Ranchi 10 days ago by a family from Vishrampur block in Palamu district. Soon after her admission to the hospital, the baby underwent a coronavirus test and she tested positive.

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Hospital authorities said the moment the family came to know about her baby having tested positive, they fled, leaving the baby abandoned in the paediatric ward. The authorities tried to contact the family but their phone was switched off.

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Finding the baby’s condition critical, the hospital administration came forward and performed surgery on her intestine. At the same time, the doctors started treatment for corona. Now, the baby is fine.

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“We went all out to save the life of the newborn baby and the baby is fine now. She will be handed over to her parents in a couple of days,” paediatric surgeon Dr. Abhishek ranjan told the media today. He said the baby has tested negative for COVID-19 and she is recovering very fast.

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Reports said soon after the parents fled the hospital, the local administration launched serious efforts to find them. The authorities convinced the couple to take their baby back. Although they didn’t reach the hospitals themselves, they sent the baby’s grandparents to the hospital to take her back.

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Gnder discrimination in Jharkhand has been a cause of concern despite several government’s programmes aimed at protecting girls. According to an official report, the sex-ratio in the state is 947 females to 1,000 females.

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The situation is even more grim in the neighbouring Bihar state. An official report says the sex-ratio in at least nine districts out of the state’s total of 38 is less than 900 against the average of 916 per 1,000 males.

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