2 women trade children for better coronavirus care in Sikkim: officials


Both mothers chose to temporarily change babies, doctors say (representational)


Two Sikkim women have swapped their children for better care for the moment after one and one of the women tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Sunday.

The incident occurred after a woman tested negative for COVID-19, but her 27-month-old baby was found to be infected with the disease.

Doctors at STNM hospital placed the youngest coronavirus patient in the care of a woman, who also tested positive for COVID-19, but not her six-year-old child.

It has been agreed that the mother of the 27-month-old baby will care for the other woman’s negative corona child at the moment, officials said.

“All other family members of the six-year-old child tested positive for COVID-19. There was no one to care for the child. Then we discovered the woman whose baby was tested positive but she is COVID free and worried about her baby.

“The two mothers therefore chose to temporarily change babies for better care,” said a pediatrician at STNM hospital.

The 27-month-old baby is now in the isolation room of the hospital with the positive corona woman, while the child and the woman without COVID are housed in the quarantine center of the Paljor Namgyal Girls secondary school in Gangtok, officials said. .

The children were exchanged Friday morning.

Sikkim currently has 63 active COVID-19 cases – all returnees from other states.


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