Hyderabad: A baby girl born at a government hospital in Hyderabad last month will soon go to a mother who had refused to take her, forcing a DNA test.
P Rajitha, refused to breastfeed her baby after the hospital administration wrongly told her family that she had delivered a baby boy on August 22.
The boy, in fact, had been born to another mother, Rama Devi, at almost the same time as Rajitha had her baby girl.
A DNA test has cleared that confusion.
Last week, NDTV had reported how the family of 22-year-old Rajitha was wrongly informed that she delivered a baby boy. Even after hospital admitted that there was a mix-up, the family refused to accept it and went to the police.
The hospital was then asked to use a DNA test to establish the biological parents of the newborns.
Shiv Shankar Rao, a senior Hyderabad police officer, told NDTV that that on special request, Dr Pandu of the Forensic Science Laboratory helped speed up the DNA test results.
Doctors said the baby boy’s mother, Rama, developed high blood pressure as she was extremely worried about losing her baby.
“This is the first grandchild in our family and all we want is for the baby to be returned to us,” the baby boy’s paternal grandmother told NDTV.
P Chatru, Rajitha’s husband, admitted to NDTV that he had objected to the baby boy being breastfed by Rama and had insisted on a DNA test.
“I did this because I do not want to be in a lifelong doubt that the baby has been exchanged,” he said.
Rama and Rajitha had complained of discomfort and pain because they were not feeding their babies.
“The newborns were being denied mother’s cuddle and milk for a week now, which is very important for their well-being. So we are happy that the test results have come and the babies will now go to their respective parents,” R Vidyavati, senior doctor at the hospital, said.
The babies and the two mothers are likely to be released from hospital today.