LAHORE: The top judge of the country has taken suo moto notice of the amputation of three fingers of a newborn baby at Lahore’s Ganga Ram Hospital because of doctors’ negligence. On Thursday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of Monday’s incident and called a report from the Children Hospital’s medical director within three days. The hand of a newborn boy was burnt allegedly due to the negligence of doctors, who later amputated his thumb and two fingers. However, a health department spokesman refuted the media reports on the amputation, saying the child had touched a gas heater accidentally and developed gangrene. He was admitted to the medical facility and its medical board decided to proceed with the amputation to save the child’s life. He added an inquiry report would be submitted by the professors of Sir Ganga Raam and Mayo Hospital within three days.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2017.