Of­fi­cial: Mother wasn’t left alone to die

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

A health of­fi­cial has de­nied re­ports that a woman who died af­ter giv­ing birth by ce­sarean sec­tion was left on her own by doc­tors and nurses as she lay bleed­ing.

Qi Xianqiang, deputy direc­tor of Xiang­tan county’s health ad­min­is­tra­tive bureau in Hu­nan province, said on Thurs­day that his or­ga­ni­za­tion had ex­am­ined the case.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­cluded that Xiang­tan County Hos­pi­tal for Moth­ers and Chil­dren spared no ef­fort to save the woman, who died of mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure caused by am­ni­otic fluid em­bolism.

“The woman suf­fered from vom­it­ing and chok­ing af­ter giv­ing birth to a healthy baby boy by ce­sarean at noon on Sun­day, and the hos­pi­tal took proper mea­sures to save her with emer­gency treat­ment,” Qi said. “Un­for­tu­nately, the woman died at about 9:30 pm.”

The woman’s hus­band, Liu Qi­nan, said his 27-year-old wife, Zhang Yu, went to the hos­pi­tal early in the morn­ing to give birth, and doc­tors sug­gested she should have a ce­sarean as the fe­tus was large.

Liu said his wife un­der­went a num­ber of phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions be­fore the op­er­a­tion that showed her con­di­tion was nor­mal.

“The baby was born with­out

The hos­pi­tal re­ported the case to my bureau ... be­cause any case of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity is se­ri­ous and they thought they should re­port it to the au­thor­ity first.” QI XIANQIANG DEPUTY DIREC­TOR OF XIANG­TAN COUNTY’S HEALTH AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TIVE BUREAU

any prob­lems af­ter the op­er­a­tion started at 12:05 pm,” he added. “But then the doc­tors told me at about 2 pm that my wife was in a danger­ous con­di­tion with am­ni­otic fluid em­bolism and was re­ceiv­ing emer­gency treat­ment.”

Yang Jian, the hos­pi­tal’s deputy direc­tor, said the doc­tors and nurses made ur­gent ef­forts to save the woman. The hos­pi­tal called in ex­perts from other hos­pi­tals in the county and in Xiang­tan to help.

Yang said mem­bers of the woman’s fam­ily be­came an­gry and tried to en­ter the op­er­at­ing room af­ter they heard the woman had died. To avoid con­flict with them, the doc­tors and nurses stayed in an ad­join­ing room.

Qi said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by his bureau con­firmed that the med­i­cal staff did not leave the bleed­ing women alone in the op­er­at­ing room and left only af­ter she had died.

Liu, the hus­band, said he was fu­ri­ous be­cause the hos­pi­tal did not in­form him of his wife’s death. In­stead he heard the news from the Party chief in his vil­lage.

“We were wait­ing right out­side the op­er­at­ing room,” he said.

Qi said, “The hos­pi­tal re­ported the case to my bureau af­ter the woman died in­stead of telling her fam­ily im­me­di­ately be­cause any case of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity is se­ri­ous and they thought they should re­port to the au­thor­ity first.”

The woman’s rel­a­tives are seek­ing 1.2 mil­lion yuan ($195,000) com­pen­sa­tion, but the hos­pi­tal says it can pay only 500,000 yuan.

The county health au­thor­ity is me­di­at­ing be­tween the hos­pi­tal and the woman’s fam­ily over the com­pen­sa­tion claim.

The hos­pi­tal is tak­ing care of the baby, who the fa­ther says “is do­ing fine”. Lyu Chun­rong in Chang­sha and Ma Lie in Xi’an con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writ­ers through malie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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