An angry family and a crowd of curious onlookers surrounded the front gates of a Hanoi hospital after another baby died during birth Wednesday morning .
The family demanded an explanation from Van Dinh General Hospital in Ung Hoa District, which they said performed a C-section hours late, news website Dan Tri reported.
Do Ngoc Hai, the 24-year-old father, said his wife Do Thi Thuy Dung was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday night.
He said doctors told him his wife was healthy and ready for a normal delivery when she was admitted.
But at around 2 a.m. the next morning, the 21-year-old, who was having a baby for the first time, started to have contractions and the family requested a C-section as it was several days past her due date.
Doctor Tran Dang Tuan then found signs of fetal distress, but the operation wasn't performed until at 5 a.m.
Then came the bad news.
"When the doctors told me that my son was very unwell and had only a 50 percent chance of living, I rushed to the operation room and saw that he was purple.
"He might have died even before the C-section," Hai said.
He said his baby wasn't even cleaned after the delivery and an inlaw had to wipe the newborn off with a towel.
Tran Van Chuong, deputy director of the hospital, said Dung and her baby were normal when admitted to facility.
"The baby might have died due to some complications that occurred during labor."
Some relatives of the family were so angry that they almost assaulted doctors at the hospital.
Police are now investigating the incident.
The baby was at least the sixth to die in eight delivery failures in Vietnam since April 20.
On April 20-21, three such failures left three mothers and two babies dead. The other baby died several days later.
Another baby died with the mother during a birth in HCMC on April 29.
In another failure in Tay Ninh on May 2, a baby died while his mother and twin brother were saved. A mother died on the same day in Dong Nai but her baby was saved.
HCMC health officials said at a conference May 9 that the maternal mortality rate in Vietnam is 75 per 100,000 live births, more than five times the rate in developed countries.
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