Vietnamese doctor's error kills newborn, nurse suspended

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A hospital in the central province of Nghe An on Monday suspended a nurse two days after he injected a 6-day-old baby with the wrong medicine, which killed her.

Pham Duc Tuan at Nghe An Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital gave the nearly newborn Le Nguyen Phuong Linh a shot of Chloramphenicol 1g, a medicine for typhoid fever and several infections, which should not be administered to babies younger than six months old.

The baby started having difficulty breathing the same night on Saturday, her body became black and blue, and she was rushed to the hospital. She died the next morning.

Senior doctors at the hospital said she died from a "decline in respiration and blood circulation, and anemia due to Chloramphenicol."

When baby was originally taken the hospital by her parents, who suspected she had jaundice, on Saturday morning.

Dr. Tran Kieu Anh examined the baby, conducting a blood test and X-ray before concluding she had sputum in her throat and nose, and prescribed a bottle of Chloramphenicol 1g, and a bottle of Betadine antiseptic solution for external use, although it is inadvisable to children under one month old either.

Anh is a lecturer at Vinh Medicine University and only works at the hospital as a coordinator, thus the hospital is discussing with the school what punishment she should receive.

Tu said the hospital has admitted their grievous error to the family and have given them some initial cash support.

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