The controversy over the death of a patient at the upscale French-owned FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City intensified Wednesday with the hospital rejecting the municipal Health Department's conclusion about how the patient died.
The hospital said in a statement that it did not agree with the department's conclusion that Mai Trung Kien, 57, died of shock from internal bleeding after an appendectomy.
It announced that it will host a press briefing on September 17 to give a detailed explanation of the cause of the death and other issues involved.
The scandal broke out when Kien's family claimed that he had died on August 11 as the result of a misdiagnosis by FV doctors.
Mai Trung Kien was rushed to the hospital with symptoms of appendicitis on August 8. Two days after Dr. Le Duc Tuan performed a two-hour appendectomy, Kien complained of chest and abdominal pains.
The family said that FV doctors failed to conduct any scans. Instead, they tested Kien's blood and diagnosed that he'd had a heart attack.
Kien was then transferred to Tam Duc, a famous private cardiology hospital located next to FV, where doctors determined that Kien was suffering from internal bleeding as a result of the surgery. He was then taken back to FV where he died.
After the family lodged a complaint against FV with the department, the hospital accepted responsibility for Kien's death.
However, on September 7, FV general director Jean-Marcel Guillon said in an interview with news website VietNamNet that the hospital had enough evidence to prove the patient died of a heart attack.
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