Police in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer district have booked two people working at a community health centre (CHC) in Ramgarh for alleged negligence during a woman's delivery, resulting in the baby's body being split into two.
After he botched up the delivery so horribly, the nurse at Ramgarh health centre on Jaisalmer deposited the baby's body in the mortuary without informing anyone that its head was left inside the woman's body.
During the birth, it is understood the baby was in breech and when a nurse attempted to pull it out, he ripped the child's body in two from the torso down, leaving the head inside Ms Kanwar's womb.
The mother, who has been named by local media as "Dikhsha Kanwar" is reportedly fighting for her life in hospital following the incident.
The shocking incident took place on January 6.
Both men have been suspended and an internal investigation is now underway.
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The incident rocked the state's health department.
Doctors reportedly then found the head of the dead baby inside the woman's womb during surgery and informed her relatives.
The family approached the police after doctors at Jodhpur Umaid Hospital informed them about the mishap. Chief medical health officer, Jaisalmer, Dr B L Bunkar said, "I visited Ramgarh and investigated the matter".
"We have registered a case against two staffers of Ramgarh hospital and have interrogated them", he was quoted as saying.
"When questioned, the hospital staffers handed over the lower part of the foetus to us", he said.
No arrest has been made so far, the officer added.