Doctor dismissed from post over teenage girl's death

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Ca Mau Province's Department of Health has dismissed a doctor from his post for wrong diagnosis that led to the death of a teenage girl last week.

On Sunday, Dr Nguyen Duy Tu was removed from his post as deputy chief of the obstetrics faculty at Nam Can Hospital in Nam Can Town.

He will be transferred to another office and temporarily not allowed to work as a doctor, the department said.

Dr Tu, who directly examined Nguyen Thi Thu Huyen, the 17-year-old patient who was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday morning, is blamed for concluding that Huyen had only suffered external injuries while she actually had brain trauma.

Two nurses To Van Phuoc and Ho Minh Canh on duty that day along with Dr Tu, have received warnings for their ignorance.

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Dr Huynh Van The and Dr Pham Thanh Ly, who took part in a consultation about the case, received disciplinary notices.

At around 3 a.m. last Tuesday (June 28), Huyen was found lying unconscious on a road by a local resident.

Her family brought her to the Nam Can Hospital five hours later.

Dr Tu and the two nurses examined her perfunctorily and kept telling the family she would be okay. They failed to detect her head injury and did not perform any X-ray or full-body ultrasound scans on her.

Huyen died at around 4 a.m. the following day.

A post-mortem by the provincial Health Department showed she died of brain trauma.

Following the death, the furious family put Huyen's body on a cart and took it around town to protest the negligence of the doctors and nurses.

Hundreds of locals later rushed to the hospital to protest the hospital's irresponsibility.

A crowd stormed the houses of Dr Tu and Dr Tran Thien Thanh, director of the Nam Can Hospital, breaking furniture and robbing some property.

As of Sunday, local police had arrested 41 people who they said "took advantage of the mess to steal."

The police also arrested Le Quoc Lo, 17, on suspicion of attempting to rape Huyen, causing her to jump off his bike and suffer the head injury on the evening of June 27.

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