Baby dumped in plastic bag
China Daily/Asia News Network
By Zheng Caixiong
GUANGZHOU - A hospital in South China has suspended four medics for dumping a newborn baby they wrongly thought was dead into a plastic bag and then leaving it in a bathroom.
Moments after giving birth at Nanhai Red Cross Hospital in Foshan city of Guangdong province, Liu Dongmei said she was told by nurses that her son was stillborn.
The mistake was only discovered 30 minutes later when a relative of the mother noticed the child was still moving.
The medical team did not abide by the hospital's operational rules and a thorough investigation has been launched, Pan Yongtong, executive deputy director of Nanhai district's bureau of health, population and family planning, told a news conference.
"They (the four staff members) must bear the responsibility," he was quoted as saying by Nanfang Daily on Friday. The names and positions of the suspended employees were not released.
Huang Lichuan, director of gynecology and obstetrics at the hospital, admitted that the doctors and nurses had shown negligence.
"The hospital is now doing what it can to help treat the premature baby and actively coordinate with the family of the victim for compensation," he said.
Liu, 23, was seven months pregnant when she arrived at Nanhai Red Cross Hospital on Oct 23 with her 24-year-old husband, Wang Haizhang. She was hospitalized due to acute stomach pains and, three days later, went into labor.
"Although my husband told the doctor on duty several times between 3 am and 5 am that I had suffered a hemorrhage and was ready to deliver, the doctor came to the ward just minutes before I delivered," Liu was quoted as saying by Nanfang Daily.
What happened then remains unclear, but it has been claimed that the doctor diagnosed a stillbirth and then walked away, leaving two nurses to handle the delivery.