Medical officials petition for protection of Indian “fire baby”

FINALLY! Glad to see this now taken as seriously as it should be.

KMC lodges complaint over ‘blazing baby’ – The New Indian Express.

In a twist to the story of three-month-old Rahul, who reportedly suffered four incidences of spontaneous combustion, authorities of Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital, where the infant is being treated, lodged a complaint with police on Thursday seeking protection for the baby.

Dr P Ramakrishnan, dean, Kilpauk Medical Hospital told Express that he has submitted a petition to police to investigate and take necessary steps to prevent such incidence from happening to the baby in the future.

Further, the dean said the statements given by the baby’s parents and maternal grandmother during psychiatric counselling were found inconsistent. A similar petition was also sent to the Child Welfare Committee, the dean said.

Doubtful News was one of the first to state that this was likely a case of child abuse (by whomever) and certainly NOT spontaneous human combustion as was credulously reported in the Indian media sources for days. Then it became news in the U.S. as well. Still, many media outlets were at least mentioning the consideration of SHC. We have reported on several stories of supposed SHC and there is no proposed logical mechanism for it to occur and reasonable alternative explanations can be found for the incidents. The danger of SHC proposals is it distracts from investigating the true cause of the incident. In this case, that is a VERY serious oversight. I’m glad to see it finally being addressed. But the damage may be done in public perception who will likely only remember the mention of the case. Baby on fire, oh yeah, SHC. Please make sure you emphasize to anyone that brings this topic up, SHC is a myth.

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  4 comments for “Medical officials petition for protection of Indian “fire baby”

  1. August 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    This fire, er, story is still spreading! Just got an @ajc (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) tweet to an article with an embedded Newsy video:
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/baby-india-may-be-spontaneously-combusting/nZZ4Z/
    Finally, 2/3rds the way through, after “explaining” the “rare condition” of SHC, she says “Doubts of foul play persist…” (Is that even worded right? They have DOUBTS that foul play is involved?)

  2. YetAnoutherBrian
    August 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    So it’s a twist that the hospital is seeking protection for the baby, shouldn’t this be the norm?

  3. August 26, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Finally, it is pleasuring to see that such a case is being taken in a more legitimate manner. There are still numerous websites perpetrating such a story in recent articles that are highly suggestive of SHC, to which I made a point to inform others concerning the biological impossibility of SHC.

    According to some sources, the testimony of the parents was inconsistent, which invoked the petition. I anticipate updates to this case and I am hoping that the subject is kept in a safe environment.

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