Harsh penalty issued on surgeons mistakenly breaking neonate's thighbone

The Ministry of Health has asked the Department of Maternal Health and Children under the Ministry of Health to report a case in which surgeons of a Mekong Delta hospital mistakenly broke neonate’s thighbone, said department’s Director Nguyen Duc Vinh yesterday.

Public anger was raised after a neonate’s thighbone was broken in a cesarean delivery in Nhat Tan General Hospital in the Mekong delta province of An Giang,

Moreover, the Department must have explanation and give apology to the newborn baby’s relatives. A scientific council must be set up for further investigation from which the health authority issue penalty on medical workers.

Pregnant H was taken to the hospital on July 30 when she began to deliver. However, after the cesarean delivery, relatives detected the newborn baby had deformity in the thigh. Confused, they took the baby for check. Doctors confirmed the newborn baby’s thighbone was broken, doctors provided first aid and then transferred the baby to Children Hospital No.2  in Ho Chi Minh City.

Nhat Tan Hospital director had confirmed the case.

By MINH KHANG – translated by Anh Quan

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