Nurse cuts off child’s thumb in Bengal hospital?

Kolkata, (IANS) A nurse allegedly cut off the thumb of a eight-day-old girl in a state-run hospital in West Bengal and threw the body part into a dustbin to escape responsibility.

The baby, admitted to the Balurghat General Hospital on Friday with diarrhoea, met with the tragic incident on Sunday night with the nurse – in an attempt to cut a leucoplast to make a channel for administering saline – severed the thumb with scissors.

“I saw blood oozing out from the affected area and saw the thumb was missing,” said the new-born’s mother Mamoni Mondal, who called her husband.

Babla Mondal said: “When I confronted the sister, she said she had no idea about the thumb. I looked everywhere and finally found the thumb in the dustbin. Helpless, with the finger in one hand and my child in the other, I began pleading with the doctors to attend to my child. But none came forward.”

After an hour, hospital superintendent Tapan Biswas came to the ward and asked the parents to take the child to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri of Darjeeling district.

But that was not the end of their ordeal.

“At NBMCH, the doctors told us that it would be meaningless to admit our baby there as it did not have the infrastructure to do a plastic surgery on the child,” said Mamoni Mondal.

The child has now been brought back to the Balurghat District Hospital.

Biswas said the nurse has been asked to proceed on five-day leave.

“I have received a report from the nursing superintendent. I will receive the probe report from the doctors on Tuesday,” he said.

“All expenses for the child’s treatment will be borne by us,” he added.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here