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Woman dies after childbirth, hospital asked to explain

Update: October, 31/2016 - 16:40
The Ministry of Health has asked Bình Định General Hospital to clarify the cause of death of a woman who was admitted for childbirth and did not survive after a C-section. — Photo zing.vn

BÌNH ĐỊNH – The Ministry of Health has asked Bình Định General Hospital to clarify the cause of death of a woman who was admitted for childbirth and did not survive after a C-section.

On October 28, Trương Hồ Thị Lan, 25, a resident of central Bình Định Province’s Quy Nhơn City, was hospitalised at 8.30pm to give birth. As per medical records, Lan was 40 weeks pregnant, and her blood pressure and body temperature were normal.

However, at 2am, she had seizures, started drooling, turned purple and her pulse and blood pressure could not be measured. Doctors diagnosed that Lan had amniotic fluid embolism and performed an emergency Caesarean operation. The surgery was completed successfully, but by 3am Lan was in deep coma, and she died four hours later.

The newborn baby girl was under treatment in the hospital’s paediatric department.

Relatives of the patient refused to take her body home, accusing the doctors of being irresponsible and causing her death.

Hồ Việt Mỹ, director of the hospital, said they would re-examine the processes and treatments given to her and determine the cause of death. Initial investigations indicate that she may have died because of amniotic fluid embolism, but the hospital is waiting for autopsy results, he said.

According to medical experts, amniotic fluid embolism is a rare obstetric complication, but with mortality rates as high as 80-90 per cent. – VNS

 

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