Doctor fined $1,200 after improper abortion in central Vietnam

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A medical practitioner from Gia Lai Province in the Central Highlands was fined VND25 million (US$1,200) Thursday after he provided an unlicensed and improper abortion.

Chu Thanh Hung was running an unlicensed operation when he tried to abort a fetus that survived the process, only to die due to lack of equipment at the provincial hospital, news website VnExpress reported.

"Hung is an official at the Chu Se District Medical Center, so the province Health Department will punish him further after receiving official investigation results concerning the abortion," said Tran Quang Kham, chief inspector of the department.

Early on May 13, Hung had an 28-week embryo aborted at his clinic in the district as demanded by the mother, who had sought ultra scans at local clinics and one in Ho Chi Minh City, all of which recommended an abortion due to congenital abnormalities.

The baby was still alive and showed no abnormal signs after a delivery stimulation technique, which forces babies come out early. But it died later when brought into Gia Lai General Hospital, which was not equipped with preterm care technologies like an incubator.

Hung said after the incident that he should have checked the fetus again before trying to kill it.

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Also on Thursday, the Bac Lieu Health Department in southern Vietnam revoked the license of a private obstetrics clinic where a woman suffered excessive bleeding after delivery on May 7.

Bui Quoc Nam, director of the department, said Duong Thi Van, 42, delivered a baby at the clinic on May 7 but she started to bleed excessively a couple hours after the birth.

Van was then sent to Bac Lieu General Hospital, where she died the next day.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

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