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Baby Falls Out of In­cu­ba­tor

Ear­lier this month, a 24-day-old baby fell out of her in­cu­ba­tor at the Spe­cial Baby Care Unit of a Kowloon hos­pi­tal. Ac­cord­ing to the hos­pi­tal, a nurse and her col­league heard the baby cry­ing and found her on the floor, with one of the win­dows of the in­cu­ba­tor open. The baby had been ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal with a res­pi­ra­tory prob­lem. At a press con­fer­ence, the baby’s fa­ther said the nurse who no­ti­fied him of the in­ci­dent said the baby had prob­a­bly kicked the win­dow open be­cause she wanted to nurse. He also said the hos­pi­tal urged him to check his daugh­ter out of hos­pi­tal af­ter an X-ray scan re­vealed no in­juries to the baby’s in­ter­nal or­gans—but an MRI five days later showed a blood clot in the in­fant’s brain. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.

Our take: Good to know we can trust our chil­dren with pub­lic hos­pi­tals….

Green Gone Wrong

The “green roof” of a hall at the City Univer­sity of Hong Kong col­lapsed last Fri­day, in­jur­ing three peo­ple. It’s sus­pected that the 26-year-old struc­ture had been

over­loaded by the veg­e­ta­tion planted on it as part of an eco-friendly cool­ing sys­tem.

A few days be­fore the col­lapse, the hall was be­ing used as an ex­am­i­na­tion venue, but exam sea­son is thank­fully over. Ques­tions have been raised about the le­gal­ity of the struc­ture af­ter the univer­sity ad­mit­ted it

did not seek gov­ern­ment ap­proval for the build­ing plans of at least 10 of its green roofs.

A com­mit­tee has been set up to look into the is­sue, but the chair­man of City U’s staff union ques­tioned the neu­tral­ity of the com­mit­tee as most of its mem­bers be­long to the univer­sity. He said that he had raised con­cerns about the build­ing’s main­te­nance over a year ago but never heard back from au­thor­i­ties. Our take: This is why we need vir­tual class­rooms.

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