‘Stillborn’ baby suddenly started to move but froze to death after medics put him in morgue fridge


A BABY boy registered as stillborn suddenly started moving – but was left to freeze to death in a hospital morgue fridge “because the paperwork already classed him as dead”.

The horrific case in Kazakhstan has led to murder charges against two senior doctors.

Head physician Kuanysh Nysanbaev, pictured, and another senior doctor face murder charges
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The incident took place at the Atryrau hospital’s perinatal centre (archive image)
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Head physician Kuanysh Nysanbaev ordered that the baby should be put in the cold storage for the deceased even though he knew the child’s leg had moved in a sign of life, say prosecutors.

He and an unnamed obstetrician at Atyrau regional perinatal centre now face murder charges and could be jailed for up to 20 years.

The “medical infanticide” only came to light because detectives had bugged Nysanbaev’s phone as part of an unconnected bribery investigation, say reports.

Anti-corruption police chief Shyngys Kabdula said: “After birth, the baby was negligently registered as stillborn, while in fact he was still alive.

“After the child gave signs of life, the doctors, instead of taking urgent measures, decided to act according to paperwork already issued saying the child was stillborn.”

They “left the newborn to die.

“The baby was placed in a (morgue) refrigerator….

“He talked about the baby on the phone… The baby died in the refrigerator.”

Nysanbaev and the obstetrician decided that the hospital’s computer database already showed the baby was dead and they did not wish to correct it.

Regional health chief Manshuk Aimurzieva said: “Such a charge against doctors terrifies me.”

Deputy health minister Lyazzat Aktayeva said: “I apologise to the family, to the mother of the child.”

Nysanbaev is separately accused of using bribing officials to cover up medical mistakes and to obtain lavish foreign holidays.

The doctors have been detained pending an investigation.

The country’s deputy health minister Lyazzat Aktayeva has issued an apology to the parents
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The regional health chief Manshuk Aimurzieva said she was ‘terrified’ by the case
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The baby was said to have been classified as ‘stillborn’ but showed signs of life (archive image)
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The two doctors facing charges both worked at the Atyrau regional hospital
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Police chief Shyngys Kabdula said the baby had been put in a fridge and left to die
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