Police probe 2-yr-old boy's death in southern Vietnam hospital

By Phuoc Hiep , Thanh Nien News

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Police in the southern province of Binh Phuoc are investigating the death of a 2-year-old soon after he received a foot surgery at a local public hospital on Friday.
Autopsy was performed to find out the cause of death of Tran Nguyen Kim Phat, police said without revealing the result.
Phat's parent have accused doctors and managers at Binh Phuoc Province General Hospital of evading responsibility.
They said their son had had his foot cut by a corrugated iron plate the morning of June 6 at home in Bu Dang District.
He was taken to the district hospital, where he was given first aid and transfered to Binh Phuoc Hospital.
Dr Tran Hung performed a surgery on Phat to repair a lacerated tendon at 2 p.m. the same day. Phat was sent to the post-surgery room an hour later.
However, when his parent and relatives visited him in the post-surgery room, they found out that he was dead.
The parent said hospital officers claimed that the death was caused by Phat's "poor health."
"Phat was in good condition and could talk to us normally [before the operation]," Phat's mother Nguyen Thi Ly said.
His father, Tran Van Huong, said he has demanded the hospital to give a clear answer but officials there "have evaded our question."
Nguyen Thanh Truong, director of the hospital, said the surgical team was ordered to submit reports about the case.
"We would not tolerate any doctor who made mistakes," he said.

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