Abandoned Babies at Tertiary Care Rural Medical College Hospital: The Indian Scenarios

  • Aritra Guha
  • Akash Rai
  • Dipankar Gupta
  • Rakesh MondalEmail author
Original Article



In India, girls are sex-selectively abandoned. The abandoned babies are brought to the nearest hospital under the jurisdiction of the administration. The authors aimed to study the demographic data and disease profile of those babies.


In this hospital-based, retrospective, descriptive study, authors studied all the abandoned babies who were admitted to the Department of Pediatrics as “unknown” and cared for over the last 3 y. Their case records were analyzed with an appropriate statistical measure.


Out of 11 babies, girl-boy ratio was 2.6:1, 73% being abandoned in the neonatal period with a survival rate of 91%. Six babies (54.5%) required emergency intervention at admission. Hospital stay was higher in girls with mean discharge time being 106 d, although the mean fit for discharge time was 6.5 d.


This study is the first of its kind on abandoned babies demographic data and disease profile, highlighting the burden of abandoned babies in the hospital.


Abandon Adoption Children Girl child 



The authors acknowledge the help of The Head of the Department, Department of Pediatrics, North Bengal Medical College Hospital, Sushrutanagar, Darjeeling, West Bengal and The Medical Superintendent Cum Vice-Principal, North Bengal Medical College Hospital, Sushrutanagar, Darjeeling, West Bengal.


AG: Primary investigator, data collection, making draft of the manuscript; AR: Data collection, literature search, drafting the manuscript; DG: Study design, review draft, analysis; RM: Conception of study, reviewing draft, study design. AG and RM shall act as guarantor of the study.

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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsNorth Bengal Medical CollegeDarjeelingIndia

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