December 11, 2013
Newborn dies due to burns from ‘incubator’Thursday, October 17, 2013
Qom angry over baby death
A new report of violence against the Qom indigenous community outraged human rights groups yesterday when it was revealed that a baby died in a hospital in Chaco province due to the burns he suffered while he remained in a precarious incubator.
The hospital’s director and the head of the ER unit were dismissed yesterday after news of the incident, according to Chaco’s Health minister Antonio Morante.
The official, along with the Government (Interior) Minister Marcos Verbeek, yesterday travelled to Pampa del Indio, a town to the East of the capital Resistencia, to meet with the mother and the relatives of the baby, who died on Friday.
The baby was born on October 3, prematurely but otherwise healthy. The mother, a 23-year-old woman, suffered an infection and that’s why she stayed in the hospital with the baby, who started turning yellowish and the doctors decided to put him in a precarious “incubator”: a fluorescent tube, a heater and a blanket.
The baby started crying continuously but nurses did not pay attention to him, according to reports.
Elizabeth González, an indigenous leader, said the preliminary autopsy indicated that the baby died of the burns provoked by the “incubator.” He had his chest burnt and a nurse, who is currently in custody, could smell “something burning, like a bug burning.”
Indigenous organizations along with political groups yesterday held a protest and staged a sit-in in front of the Chaco’s government house, demanding justice for the Qom baby’s death. Meanwhile, protests were also held in Pampa del Indio.
Currently, the investigation is led by the San Martín prosecutor. The judicial officials and the authorities of the provincial Health Minister are waiting for a second autopsy, that was carried out at the judicial morgue in Resistencia.
Herald with Télam, Online media