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April 18, 2007

Housewife gave birth to only one baby, says dept

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 10:47 am

NST: KUALA LUMPUR: There is no second baby. And this is final.
Selangor Health department, after conducting an investigation into the alleged missing baby at the Sungai Buloh Hospital, said the complainant was not expecting twins as she had alleged.
“In fact, the woman was told many times before delivery that she was expecting one baby,” said department director Dr Ang Kim Teng.
Dr Ang was commenting on the complaint lodged by housewife S. Aruputhamalar, 37, and her husband, P. Selvanayagam, 46, who claimed one of their twins was missing.
The couple had alleged that they were told by hospital authorities that Aruputhamalar was expecting twins.
They told a press conference on Monday that ultrasound tests confirmed she was expecting twins.
But after she delivered last month through Caesarean section, Aruputhamalar was told that she had given birth to a healthy baby girl.
Dr Ang said the hospital authorities had many times explained the situation to the couple.
“There is no second baby. Doctors had told them many times that only one baby was born. We will be preparing a report on the matter for the Health Ministry,” she said.
When asked if there could have been a problem with the ultrasound, Ang declined to comment.
“We will wait until we have submitted the report.”
Aruputhamalar and her husband took the matter to the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department. They also lodged a police report on Monday.
Aruputhamalar and her husband, a lorry driver, have three other children between the ages of 4 and 11.
Gombak police chief ACP Mohd Abdullah said foul play had been ruled out.
“There was no second baby,” he said.
“They may have misunderstood what the doctors told them. There may have been problems with the ultrasound. Based on the explanation provided by doctors, we are certain that she gave birth to one baby.”

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