Baby dies after hospital fails to spot prenatal complication

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The Lam Dong General Hospital Tuesday admitted responsibility for the death of a baby after its staff failed to discover a complication requiring urgent C-section surgery.

Doctor Nguyen Ba Hy, director of the hospital in the central highlands province of Lam Dong, said at an internal meeting that the baby had died of placenta abruption, one of the most severe prenatal complications, Tuoi Tre reported Thursday.

Hy said if the problem had been discovered early, doctors could have performed an operation to save the baby.

But he also said that it is one of the rare cases that is usually noticed only when the mother is bleeding.

Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh's baby died on March 24, soon after it was born.

On March 27, her husband Ho Van Tho filed a complaint with local authorities accusing the staff in charge of being irresponsible.

Tho said he had asked doctors to perform a C-section for his wife on March 23 as she felt abnormal pains, but they encouraged them to wait, saying normal delivery would be good for both the mother and baby later.

He said they only operated on her the next morning when she became weak.

But Bui Xuan Thanh, deputy director of the hospital, denied rejecting the husband's plea. Thanh said a C-section is provided upon demand and the hospital would have done it if the family had requested it.

He said doctors had initially ordered a traditional delivery as the woman has successfully given birth to two previous children, and ultra scans and other tests had found no problems.

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