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Newly-born twins left to die at hospital

SUKKUR, June 20: Poverty has reached a level where blood relationships and human ties are bygone words. Birth of a child once cherished and wished for, is now a burden which nobody wants to care for.

A heart-rending situation developed at the Civil Hospital Jacobabad on Wednesday when the family of a woman, who died after delivering twin boys, left the infants for adoption on the plea that they were too poor to take them home.

Reportedly, hospital management was more depraved than the family by letting the twins die without extending medical support.

Dadli w/o Lal Bux of Dera Murad Jamali died a few hours after delivering two boys. The family being too poor left the boys in the hospital for adoption.

Sources said that doctors and a few others pooled in money for transporting the dead body to her hometown while nobody looked after the new born who joined their mother after a few hours.

Edhi volunteers buried the bodies of babies.

However, Medical Superintendent Dr Nizamuddin Almani says that the boys died in mother’s womb. The delivery was conducted by Dr Naheed, he said adding their mother also died after sometime while sources contends the delivery was live and the twins died afterwards due to negligence.

The family left the babies because they were too poor to bring them up but would’ve taken their dead bodies with their mother’s since there were no expenses involved, save burial.

Jacobabad Civil Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Nizamuddin Almani told Dawn on phone that Ms Dadli was brought to the civil hospital in very serious condition from Dera Murad Jamali.

An ultrasound report clearly showed that the twins were in critical condition in her abdomen and were not making any movement. The gynaecologist opined the babies were dead, he said.

Doctors tried to save Ms Dadli but she could not survive. Her husband Lal Bux was mentally upset and the hospital staff did not know that they had left behind the babies in the hospital, he said.

He said that he called police and after having completed all legal formalities the bodies were handed to Edhi Centre volunteers who buried them in local graveyard.