New born baby boy kidnapped and replaced with girl at JPMC -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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New born baby boy kidnapped and replaced with girl at JPMC

By Salis bin Perwaiz

Karachi: Two ladies, including a patient, kidnapped a new born baby boy from the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in the Saddar police limits. The ladies while fleeing left a baby girl bedside the mother.

Abdul Rehman, a labourere and resident of the Sindh Hospital Quarters, Karachi Jamaat Khana New Karachi said that he was staying in the hospital quarters for the past many years along with his wife Shamim and three children.

Last year his wife got pregnant. Due to some medical problems he took her to the JPMC for a medical check-up. The doctors advised his wife to take complete rest as she was to have a caesarian operation. Her date was fixed for the month of May.

As per plan, he had admitted his wife in the Gynaecology Ward of the JPMC on May 14. The medical staff started the treatment and the operation was carried out on Friday during which she gave birth to a baby boy. A few hours later, she was shifted to the ward.

During their stay at the hospital another lady patient, Asma, was admitted in the hospital and she had a normal delivery case and gave birth to a baby girl. She was also shifted next to his wife’s bed.

On the night of Sunday at about 4am his wife called him and told him that one lady Asma registered in the hospital came near her bed along with an unknown lady and took away their son and left her daughter and they both fled.

He immediately went to the reception and asked his relatives to chase them but in vain. They searched for his son in the entire hospital but could not locate the kidnappers. Later, he sought help from the medical attendants and other staff members there in the hospital but they refused to cooperate.

Even the in-charge of the ward, Dr Nagina Fatima, had no knowledge about the incident. She questioned how a patient could leave the Gynaecology Ward without a slip, but received no satisfactory response from her staff. After losing all hope, he registered his complaint at the police station where his case was referred to the Investigation police.

When inquired, hospital sources confirmed that both the females Shamim and the accused Asma were admitted to the JPMC Gynaecology Ward and after delivering their babies, were discharged on Saturday afternoon.

They added that Asma did not leave the ward and hid inside and the ward in charge did not pay any heed. Later at night Asma planned to kidnap Shamim’s son and left her daughter beside Shamim and fled in a taxi.

During the investigation it was revealed that not a single patient was released without a doctor’s slip that day. And no attendant of the women admitted were allowed to meet or enter the Gynaecology Ward. While reviewing the incident, the investigation police concluded that kidnapping of Shamim’s child was a mere act of negligence on part of the hospital staff

Furthermore, during the investigation it was disclosed that the accused Asma, who had registered herself as the resident of Labour Colony, had called upon the security guard of the ward at about 2:30am and asked him to get a taxi – which he did. Asma then left the hospital along with her colleague.

The Investigation staff has carried out a raid at the address given by the accused lady Asma at the hospital which was fake. They later searched for the taxi driver who was the resident of Bazertta Lane, Brigade area and arrested him. During the interrogation, he told the investigators he had dropped the accused to an area near Daud Chowrangi.

Upon reaching the chowrangi, the women asked him to stop the taxi and went into a narrow lane saying their relatives resided in the area whom they were visiting. The police raided the area, but has not been able to deduce anything so far. Further probe is underway.
Source: The News
Date:5/19/2009