Upmarket French hospital in Vietnam in hot water about man's death

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The upscale French-owned French-Vietnam Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City is facing possible professional malpractice charges after it admitted to misdiagnosis in the death of a man admitted with appendicitis.

Mai Thi Thu Trang complained to the Ministry of Health and the city's Department of Health that the hospital's misdiagnosis and delayed action caused the death of her father, Mai Trung Kien, 57, on August 11, news website VnExpress said Thursday.

Kien had been rushed to FV with suspected appendicitis and doctors performed a surgery on August 8.

He developed chest pains and stomachache a few days later, and FV doctors said he had a heart attack and transferred him to Tam Duc, a famous private cardiology hospital.

There doctors found no signs of a heart attack, only internal bleeding from the surgery.

Kien was taken back to FV where he died.

"My family had just finished talking to the doctors (at FV) about another surgery when his heart stopped," Trang said.

A source from FV admitted that "tests at Tam Duc Hospital found Kien did not have a heart attack."

The city Department of Health has set up a committee to investigate the case, chief inspector Pham Kim Binh said.

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