11-days-old boy kept in hospital after relatives abandon him

Vadodara: A 11-days-old boy has been kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Gujarat government-run SSG Hospital here, after his relatives stopped visiting him ever since his mother passed away, a doctor said today.

SSG Hospital's Head of Paediatric Department B Javdekar said that, "Manisha Papu Bhagat, who resided in Nandesari area on the outskirts of the city, gave birth to a male infant on April 18".

"Later, she was shifted to another ward for treatment since she suffered from hepatitis after which she died three days ago. However, her family and relatives took away her dead body, leaving her male child behind in the NICU," Javdekar told PTI.

Her relatives who used to frequently visit the ward to inquire about her health stopped visiting the hospital since last three days, he said, adding that the child is under treatment at the NICU.

"We have referred the matter to the medico-legal department to take necessary action including registration of a police case," he said.

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