Hyderabad: A couple has alleged that three of their newborn boy's fingers were gnawed off by a cat at a state-run maternity hospital in Hyderabad. Police are investigating allegations made by the baby's parents while the hospital authorities have rubbished the claim.
The boy's hands were also wrapped in bandages and on opening them the parents found three fingers missing. The baby also had scratches on his face and limbs.
The couple hailing from Mahabubnagar district lodged a complaint with the police, alleging negligence on part of the doctors and the staff at the maternity hospital. Police said they were looking into the complaint and have not yet registered a case.
The State Human Rights Commission has also ordered a probe into the incident which allegedly took place at the hospital at Petla Burj in the old city. Y Mamata and her husband Y Veresh said their child, born November 18, was handed over to them on Tuesday and they noticed injuries on the baby's body.
However, the doctors at the hospital said the baby was suffering from Amniotic Band syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by entrapment of fetal parts in fibrous amniotic bands while in uterus. One in every 1,500 children suffer from this syndrome and in most of the cases, the children are born with hand and finger anomalies, they pointed out.
However, the parents said they were never informed about the congenital disorder before or after delivery. According to them, the baby was kept in an incubator all these days.
The couple also disputed the hospital's claim that the mother was regularly feeding the child but never complained about the injuries. The baby is now undergoing treatment at another hospital, where the police, with the help of forensic experts, are trying to ascertain the nature and cause of injuries.