KARACHI: Two newborn babies were allegedly swapped shortly after they were born in the government-run Sobhraj Maternity Hospital on Saturday.
According to reports, two women, Kulsoom and Hamida, separately gave birth to two babies in normal delivery cases early Saturday.
One woman gave birth to a baby boy and the other to a girl but the confrontation began when both women claimed the baby boy.
Kulsoom said that she was discharged on Saturday night and went home with a baby. She returned to the hospital, on Sunday, claiming, however, that she had given birth to a boy but the staff had given her a girl.
Medical Superintendent Dr Anwar Ali Khoja reached the hospital and tried to find out about Hamida but she had left with the baby boy without informing anyone. Her address turned out to be incorrect as well in the records she had supplied.
The hospital’s management has suspended four staff members and has formed a five-member team, including Dr Anjum Afshan, Dr Fauzia Rehman, Dr Saleem and Azra Perveen, to investigate the matter and Professor Shabnam Shamim would head the inquiry team.
Rubina Yousuf, Shamim, Naheed Tahir and Naeem were suspended in the initial investigation. Kulsoom and her husband Ziaur Rehman have registered a case at the Arambagh police station.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2011.