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2 Sikkim mothers swap children for better Coronavirus care: Officials

The youngest coronavirus patient in the state was placed by doctors at the STNM Hospital in the care of a woman, who also tested positive for COVID-19 but her six-year-old child did not.

SNS | New Delhi |

Baby swapping but for a good cause, this is what happened in Sikkim’s Gangtok, where two women have interchanged their children for the time being for their better care after one of them and one of the women tested positive for Coronavirus.

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

The youngest coronavirus patient in the state was placed by doctors at the STNM Hospital in the care of a woman, who also tested positive for COVID-19 but her six-year-old child did not.

“It has been arranged that the 27-month-old baby’s mother will look after the corona-negative child of the other woman for the time being,” the officials said.

“All the other family members of the six-year-old have tested positive for COVID-19. There was none to look after the child. Then we came to know of the woman whose baby tested positive but she is COVID-free. She was worried about her baby. So the two mothers opted to temporarily switch their babies for better care,” a paediatrician at the STNM Hospital said.

The 27-month-old baby is now in the isolation ward of the hospital with the corona-positive woman, while the COVID-free child and woman are lodged at the Paljor Namgyal Girls’ Senior Secondary School quarantine facility in Gangtok, the officials said.

On Friday morning, the exchange of the children was done by the hospital staff.

Sikkim has 68 positive cases of Coronavirus,out of which 64 are active cases-all returnees from other states. While, 4 people have recovered so far and there is no fatality reported in the state.