Police probe delivery death in Vietnam central hospital

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The Hanoi police are investigating the death of a woman at the National Ob-gyn Hospital Sunday following bitter condemnation of hospital staff by her family members.

Nguyen Thi Hang, 21, died in the hospital after hours of being uncared for by doctors, they said. Fortunately, her baby was saved.

Her husband Bui The Hai, 26, accused nurses and doctors of their "irresponsibility."

Hai said when his wife had a regular check-up at the hospital a month earlier, Dr Tran Danh Cuong said there was some complication and Hang would need a c-section.

But when she was admitted Saturday other doctors said she would have a vaginal delivery.

During the wait she began to bleed. At 11:30 a.m. she was sent to the delivery room. Two hours later her family received texts from her saying: "It's painful, my water leaked a lot. There is no one here."

Thirty minutes later she called her mother to ask her to bring doctors.

She said 15 minutes later that she had been given an anesthetic. But another 15 minutes later doctors told her family she was dead.

Dr Nguyen Viet Tien, director of the hospital, said Hang "might" have died of placental obstruction, but claimed that the hospital had given her proper care.

The police are investigating.

Hang's is the latest of dozens of delivery deaths around the country this year. In many cases both the mothers and babies died.

News website VietNamNet Tuesday quoted a recent survey by the Department of Women and Children's Health as saying that there had been 88 mother and baby deaths in the first six months.

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Only 28 deaths were due to prenatal conditions, while the rest were caused by problems during delivery.

Ten of the deaths were reported at home, 14 on the road, and 64 at hospitals and other medical facilities.

But the report does not specify the problems or lay responsibility on any of the doctors or nurses involved though victims' families have accused the hospital of neglect after each death.

Many of the hospitals have explained the deaths as caused by placenta obstruction, a rare condition.

Several doctors and nurses have been suspended, transferred, or even had their licenses revoked.

Health authorities only allow that delivery-related complications remain a major challenge in Vietnam.

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