The authorities of a private hospital in Chattogram provided a dead baby boy to a family instead of real and alive baby girl who was undergoing treatment at the hospital on Tuesday.
The mother, however, got back her newborn baby girl following immense sufferings.
The fortunate mother identified as Roksana Akhter, 21, who hailed from Noakhali district headquarters, gave birth of a baby girl at a hospital in Noakhali on Friday last.
The newborn baby who contacted Pneumonia was shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for better treatment on that day.
Later, relatives of the baby took her at private 'Child Care Hospital' in the city's Golpahar area on the following day.
The baby girl was kept at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital as per directive of the hospital's physicians, sources said.
The hospital authorities on Tuesday morning informed the victim's family that their baby died of the disease.
However, the hospital authorities during handing over the body asked the family members not to show the body to her mother as the baby suffered from bleeding through mouth and nose.
Following the request, the victim's family took away the body to their village for burial by an ambulance.
After reaching home they found that the body was of a baby boy.
Wasting no time, they returned to the hospital with the body and informed the hospital authorities of the matter.
Enraged by this, the hospital authorities allegedly threw abusive words to them and drove out from the hospital on Tuesday night.
Having no way, they rushed to Panchlaish Police Station with the body and informed police of the matter.
Later, police recorded a general diary (GD) refusing to record case in this connection, said the sources.
The family passed the night with the body in an ambulance in front of the police station amid adverse weather.
But, the hospital authority informed them of finding the girl at around 4:00am.
"The hospital authority informed us over mobile phone that they got our nephew alive in their hospital at around 4:00am on Wednesday," Alamgir Hiru, paternal uncle of the baby girl, told the daily sun.
He said the hospital authority returned the baby girl in exchange of the dead one later.
The victim's uncle said the hospital authority regretted for the incident saying that it happened unexpectedly during changing bed at the ICU.
He said the baby was now undergoing treatment at the ICU of another private clinic ‘Royal Hospital’ in the port city.
Hiru, however, demanded punishment to those who were responsible for the incident.
The hospital authority could not be reached despite repeated attempts over phone for comment.
Contacted, Inspector (Investigation) Wali Uddin Akber of the Panchlaish police station said the incident took place due to a mistake of the hospital authority.
“The matter was solved later,” he added.