Mangaluru: Newborn girl ‘swapped’ with boy during discharge from hospital, father files plaint | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: A father of a newborn baby has complained to the police that the Government Lady Goschen Hospital in Mangaluru handed him over a male baby during the discharge, though the hospital records show the his gave birth to a baby girl.
Musthafa, a resident of Koteshwara in Kundapur, stated in his complaint that his wife Amreen had delivered a ‘baby girl’ at the hospital on September 27.
In his complaint at Mangaluru North police, Musthafa alleged the hospital kept the baby in ICU for 17 days and on Thursday they handed him over a baby boy, instead of the girl, during the discharge.
“My wife had given birth to a baby girl on September 27 and it was informed to us by the staff of the hospital. The hospital authorities shifted the child to the NICU since the baby was not healthy. Later, on Thursday, they handed over us a baby boy while we were returning after the discharge,” Musthafa alleged and sought justice.
Confirming the incident, city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said that: “The health department officials have been verifying the documents and they will also see other options like DNA and other tests. A final decision will be taken only after the verification of all documents. If they find that the baby was exchanged, we will take appropriate action. So far, we have not moved any legal procedures,” he added.
Dr Durgaprasad MR, medical superintendent of the hospital told TOI that the baby born to Amreen was a boy and not girl. He also denied any possibilities of the baby being exchanged as alleged.
“The sex of the baby was wrongly written in the case sheet as female, instead of male, and this has created confusion. We have been conducting an inquiry and action will be taken against those responsible for the error,” he added.

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