Vietnamese woman who already lost newborn dies after uterus removal

By Phuong Ha, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thi Yen Linh, 29, is being transferred in an ambulance. Photo credit: Tien Phong Nguyen Thi Yen Linh, 29, is being transferred in an ambulance. Photo credit: Tien Phong

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A mother who lost her newborn soon after his birth died Tuesday in a Ho Chi Minh City hospital, after a uterus removal surgery failed to save her from post-delivery complications. 
Nguyen Thi Yen Linh, 29, had been in a medically-induced coma for several days at the 115 People’s Hospital. 
Eight days earlier, her baby, a boy weighing 3.3 kilograms (7.3 lbs), died only three hours after his birth at Tien Giang Obstetrics and Genecology Hospital in the Mekong Delta. 
Linh was admitted to the hospital at around 4 p.m. on February 22. Doctors decided that she would have a vaginal delivery.
Her husband, 33-year-old Nguyen Van Hai, said that one day later, doctors said it was a difficult case that would require a vacuum extraction. 
“They did not tell us anything about her condition earlier,” he said.
Then after the delivery, doctors decided to perform a hysterectomy in an attempt to treat hemorrhage.
However, as they could not stop the bleeding, they took her to Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. 
Doctors at Tu Du conducted a three-hour surgery with blood transfusions but failed to improve her conditions.
Linh was then transferred in a coma to the 115 People’s Hospital, where she died Tuesday. 
Hai said the couple has two other sons, six and five years old. Both were born via vaginal delivery. 
After the death of his newborn, Hai filed a complaint, which prompted Tien Giang police to launch an investigation on February 24.
Tien Giang Obstetrics and Genecology Hospital also suspended the involved staff the same day.
Tran Thanh Thao, director of Tien Giang Province's health department, said the hospital was supporting the family for the funerals.
“The actual cause of Linh's death will be decided after an autopsy and findings from relevant agencies,” Thao said.

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