Vietnam hospital rejects British patient mistreatment claim

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The emergency ward at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien An The emergency ward at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vien An
Cho Ray Hospital, one of the biggest healthcare facilities in Vietnam, has rejected accusations of mistreatment of a British patient who was repatriated by his daughter under critical condition, without doctor approval.
John Mead, a 60-year-old English teacher in Vung Tau, was transferred from the southern beach town to the hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1 with a serious infection related to diabetes. 
Doctor Pham Thanh Viet of Cho Ray told local media that doctors have diagnosed the case and decided to amputate one third of his leg.
The patient was given antibiotics and blood sugar medications while waiting for the surgical procedure, which was scheduled on October 5, the hospital said. 
However, on October 4, his daughter Stacey Mead from the UK arrived and took him away without notifying doctors or paying treatment fees.
The patient's girlfriend told news website VnExpress that the daughter said she wanted to bring her father outside to relax before the surgery. 
“The next day, she told me she was taking him to the airport. I went there to see him off and John was almost unconscious then,” said the Vietnamese woman. 
The woman also said she had to return to the hospital to pay for the treatment.
Back in the UK, Stacey told the Mirror about bad conditions and mistreatment of her father at Cho Ray. 
She said that “there were no ceilings so all the rain and leaves were just coming in” and that “patients were scattered on the floor and children were dying alone.”
She also claimed that her father had been at the hospital “for 10 days without food or water.”
Doctors in the UK have amputated Mead’s infected leg and he has been slowly recovering, according to the Mirror.

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