4-month-old child dies mysteriously during blood test

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Health authorities in the north-central province of Nghe An and the Ministry of Public Security are investigating the death of a four-month-old child during extraction of blood for testing.


Le Thi Tram, the daughter of Le Xuan Minh and Tran Thi Hong of Nghi Loc District, was taken to the Nghe An Children's Hospital last Sunday after she vomited and seemed fatigued.


They were told it was nothing serious, and a doctor prescribed some medicines and let them take the child home.


The following day they took her back to the hospital since her condition did not improve.


She was then admitted to the gastroenteric ward. At 8 p.m. Monday a nurse extracted some blood from her arm for testing, but when she did that Tram cried out loudly and passed out.


She was rushed to the emergency room, but at around 2 a.m. the next day her family was told that she died.


Tram's relatives besieged the hospital and demanded to know the cause of death.


Dr Duong Cong Hoat, the hospital's director, told Thanh Nien he has asked for a full report on the child's treatment from doctors and nurses.


The Ministry of Public Security will perform an autopsy on Tram to determine the cause of death.

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