More ac­cuse doc­tor of baby traf­fick­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By MA LIE in Xi’an malie@chi­

A sus­pected baby traf­fick­ing case in Fup­ing county, Shaanxi prov­ince, con­tin­ues to de­velop as more cou­ples claim they were duped into giv­ing up their new­born ba­bies.

The county po­lice con­firmed on Wed­nes­day that the par­ents of 10 chil­dren de­liv­ered at Fup­ing Ma­ter­nal and Child Health Care Hos­pi­tal have re­ported their ba­bies were also taken away by Zhang Suxia, deputy di­rec­tor of the hos­pi­tal’s ma­ter­nity depart­ment.

Wang Yanyan, a farmer in Fup­ing, said she gave birth twins on May 31 and was told by the doc­tor the ba­bies suf­fered from “con­gen­i­tal dis­eases” and would not live past three years.

“She told us to give up the ba­bies and never let us look at them,” Wang said.

How­ever, Wang said she had sev­eral pre­na­tal check­ups dur­ing her preg­nancy and the re­sults showed she and her fe­tuses were nor­mal.

Dong Pengfei, a lo­cal farmer in the county’s Xuezhen town­ship, re­ported to po­lice that his wife gave birth to a baby boy in the hos­pi­tal in 2006 and the doc­tor said the new­born had con­gen­i­tal de­fects and per­suaded the par­ents to give him up.

The doc­tor took the baby away with­out al­low­ing the cou­ple to see him.

Yang Jian­long, chief of­fi­cer of the county crim­i­nal case depart­ment, said, “Be­cause the cases re­ported to po­lice mostly hap­pened some time ago, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will take some time.”

Zhang, the 56-year-old doc­tor, is sus­pected of hav­ing per­suaded cou­ples to give up their ba­bies over the past eight years.

She was ex­posed only re­cently when a cou­ple be­came sus­pi­cious and re­ported her to the po­lice.

On Mon­day, po­lice lo­cated the cou­ple’s baby boy and re­turned him to his par­ents.

Lai Guofeng, the baby’s fa­ther, said he is now con­cerned about his son’s health and he has yet to de­cide whether to sue the hos­pi­tal.

On the night of July 16, Lai’s wife, Dong Shan­shan, gave birth to a baby boy at the hos­pi­tal. Zhang told them the child suf­fered from syphilis and hep­ati­tis B trans­mit­ted from the mother and would not sur­vive.

Zhang did not let the cou­ple see their baby but said he had al­ready been taken away.

Lai ques­tioned the doc­tor’s di­ag­no­sis and took his wife to an­other county hos­pi­tal for syphilis and hep­ati­tis B tests the fol­low­ing day. Two days later, the test re­sults showed his wife was free of both dis­eases.

On July 20, Lai con­tacted po­lice who in­ves­ti­gated and found the baby in He­nan prov­ince 20 days af­ter he was born.

Zhang was de­tained by po­lice and con­fessed she had sold the baby for 21,600 yuan ($3,500) to two peo­ple from Shanxi prov­ince in the early morn­ing of July 17.

Po­lice ob­tained sur­veil­lance video that showed Zhang took a baby out of the hos­pi­tal.

Six sus­pects in the case have been de­tained.

The National Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion on Tues­day urged the Shaanxi Health Depart­ment to dis­miss those re­spon­si­ble and im­prove the man­age­ment of its med­i­cal sys­tem.

Mao Qun’an, spokesman for the state health au­thor­ity, said lead­ers of the National Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion were closely fol­low­ing the case.

The Shaanxi health au­thor­ity is­sued an emer­gency no­tice of safety in­spec­tions of the prov­ince’s health sys­tem to im­prove its man­age­ment.

Sun Zhen­lin, deputy di­rec­tor of the health depart­ment, said the three top lead­ers of the Fup­ing hos­pi­tal had been dis­missed and Zhang’s li­cense had been re­voked.

Guan Fang­tian, who has worked as a mid­wife for 30 years in a hos­pi­tal in Xi’an, cap­i­tal of the prov­ince, said there were rules on how doc­tors and nurses dealt with new­born ba­bies, even if the baby had med­i­cal is­sues or died.

“My hos­pi­tal has strict reg­u­la­tions for the pro­cess­ing of dead ba­bies, and ba­bies with de­fects would also be sent to their par­ents with­out any pri­vate pro­cess­ing by the doc­tors and nurses,” Guan said.

Yang said po­lice had no in­for­ma­tion so far in­di­cat­ing that other doc­tors or nurses helped Zhang and there was no ev­i­dence her fam­ily mem­bers knew ei­ther.

“We are pay­ing full at­ten­tion to the re­ports of peo­ple who said their ba­bies were also taken by Zhang, and we are con­tin­u­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Yang said.


Wang Yanyan (cen­ter) says she was tricked into giv­ing up her twin ba­bies by Zhang Suxia, an ob­ste­tri­cian at the Fup­ing Ma­ter­nal and Child Health Care Hos­pi­tal in Shaanxi prov­ince, who later sold them.

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