KOLKATA: Parents of a newborn who died at SSKM Hospital have alleged that the baby died due to excess heat under a warmer. The hospital authorities have set up a six-member committee to probe the death. The baby was born at SSKM Hospital on December 3 and was admitted at the neonatology wing due to health complications. Two days ago, she had convulsions, which triggered depressed brain function. The infant then slipped into a coma.

The neonatology unit at SSKM hospital is one of the most reputable in the state. Sources at the neonatology wing said the death had nothing to do with the warmer. They argued that all the tests conducted on the infant had suggested that she was born with some metabolic disorder.

“Despite repeated attempts, we could not save the baby because of certain medical complications. The inquiry will reveal the facts,” said a source in SSKM.

The complaint follows the death of two infants at Medical College and Hospital Calcutta on November 21. They too died due to excessive heat from their warmer.

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Source: TOI-Kol