Jaipur: Seven children with special needs, who were staying at a government-run home in Jamdoli near here, have died over the last eight days in a hospital where they were admitted with septic shock after allegedly drinking contaminated water.

The condition of three others is stated to be critical. "Children were admitted to the hospital between April 21 and 28. Seven of them have died, while four are undergoing treatment. Of them, three are critical," Dr Ashok Gupta, superintendent of JK Lone Hospital, said.

He said the children belonging to different age groups were suffering from septic shock — complication of infection where toxins can initiate a full body inflammatory response — and high blood pressure. All of them were admitted after they complained of vomiting and other problems, he said.