SRINAGAR: No aspiring parent wants to take home the two abandoned babies who are admitted in Neonatal Intensive Care hospital (NICU) at G.B Pant hospital after learning about their neurological disorders.
A baby girl on Saturday evening was abandoned in G.B Pant hospital by veiled women. The burqa-clad women on Saturday evening came to ward number 2 of the hospital and told the nurses there to hold the baby for a minute till she bought an admission slip for OPD. After an hour’s wait when the women didn’t turn up, the hospital authorities took the baby into their custody and admitted her in the NICU.
Another ‘unclaimed child’ who is in NICU at G.B Pant hospital since more than 15 days is a boy. This one-month-old baby boy has been brought in by Nowhatta police who found him on the stairs of Makhdoomi Sahab shrine.
Both the babies have a neurological disorder. The girl is suffering from Down Syndrome, a set of physical and mental traits caused by a gene problem that happens before birth. And because of this neurological problem no one is willing to adopt her. And the boy is having Haemangioma, a benign tumor of blood vessels, often formed at rebirth.
In-charge Medical Superintendent of G.B Pant hospital, Dr Shafqat Khan said, “Since the news of the abandonment has been out many couples have approached the hospital for adoption. But after learning that the baby has a neurological problem couples show reluctance in adopting the children.”
“This child’s are born out of wedlock which is the primary reason that they are abandoned. No mother otherwise can do it, come what may,” said Zamrooda Akhtar, caretaker of NICU who also takes care of these babies.
“This is not the first time a child has been abandoned in this hospital. I have seen many women leaving babies here, and later we will get to know that the babies were born because of illegal pregnancies.”
Nor is this the first time a child has been abandoned anywhere in Kashmir. Couple of months ago, news reports said that in Lal Ded hospital parents throw their stillborn babies in dustbins, and don’t bury them.
Principal of Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Kaiser Ahmad said, “There is a proper procedure which is followed in case of babies who have birth defects. First of all, a doctor has to explain to the aspiring parents who are willing to adopt the baby. They have to be made fully aware about their problem, and if after that they are willing to adopt then we there we give the baby to them by following proper court rules,” adding there are no NGO’s or agencies that are financially so stable that they undertake the expenses of looking after such babies.