Chennai: The officials at the Egmore government maternity hospital here have ordered a DNA test to ascertain the parentage of two newborn babies at the hospital after the parents started claiming rights over a boy following a mix-up by a hospital worker.
The couples, Munirathinam Gowthami from Tiruttani, in Tiruvallur district, and Anbarasan-Aruna of Velappanchavadi, near Chennai, are now fighting for the male baby after a nurse initially told both families that the boy belonged to them, while actually one had been delivered of a girl baby. Gowthami, 23, and Aruna, 21, had undergone caesarean around 4 pm on Thursday.
One of the nurses told Gowthami and her husband, daily wage worker Munirathinam, that a male baby has been added to their family. Based on the information, Gowthami even agreed to a birth control operation as their older child was a girl. Munirathinam informed his relatives in Tiruttani that he had become the father of a boy.
However, his joy was shortlived after the hospital staff informed him that Gowthami had given birth to a girl and not a boy. They also told him that the boy baby belonged to Anbarasan–Aruna couple.
The changed situation made Munirathinam quarrel with Anbarasan, a labourer, over the child. Though the hospital staff claimed that it was a mix-up, Munirathinam was not ready to believe their version.
Scores of his relatives, who thronged the hospital on Friday morning, alleged malpractice by the hospital staff following which the authorities decided to conduct a DNA test to determine the parentage of the babies.