China hospital disposes of live baby

Health authorities in south China said Friday they were investigating a hospital medical team for mistakenly diagnosing a stillbirth and disposing of a baby that was alive.

The probe is taking place at the Nanhai Red Cross Hospital in the Guangdong provincial city of Foshan where the incident occurred on October 26, the Nanhai district health bureau said in a statement faxed to AFP.

According to the statement, Liu Dongmei -- eight months pregnant -- had been rushed to the hospital with internal bleeding and .

She later had an emergency birth, but the baby was neither breathing nor crying after leaving the womb and its skin had turned purple, it said.

Believing it was dead, the medical team disposed of the child but did not follow proper hospital procedures, the statement added.

The Foshan News, a local website, reported that when Liu's sister-in-law asked to see the body around 30 minutes after birth, she was handed a yellow plastic bag containing the infant and found it was still alive.

"I opened the plastic bag and saw the baby's hands and feet moving, the stomach was going up and down and were coming out of his mouth," the paper quoted her as saying.

She was further shocked when she saw the baby was a boy -- not a girl as the family had been told, it said.

According to the Foshan News, nurses had told the family the child was a girl in an effort to blunt the blow of its death.

In China, baby boys are often viewed as more precious than girls, as many families can have only one child as part of the nation's population policy and desire a male heir.

Following the discovery, the newborn was rushed to intensive care where he remains in a stable condition.

Officials at the hospital refused to comment on the incident when contacted by AFP.

China's -- once widely praised for improving the health of millions -- is now panned as costly, underfunded and providing shoddy treatment, especially in poorer regions.

Liu and her husband are seeking to sue the for 300,000 yuan ($45,000), the Beijing News said.

The head of the maternity ward, a doctor and two nurses have been suspended pending the results of the investigation, it added.

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3 / 5 (2) Nov 04, 2011
Hey! Chinese doctors, nurses, orderlies, Wake The F*ck UP!.... and stop doing that damn meth the night before you come to work! You guys can't tell a live baby from a dead one...why do you even come to work?!? What damn good are you? A few weeks ago they were running over two-year old babies in broad day-flipping-light! There is a Burger King on every corner in SHangHai, take your non-doctoring Arse down there and start flippin' burgers until you are sober...get OUT! China..killing toddlers...throwing away babies by-the-millions-like-its-a-God-daWn-sport, despicable hate or stupefying incompetence...damn!
Don't make me MAD at you....
word-to-ya-crying-muthas
kaasinees
3.7 / 5 (6) Nov 04, 2011
I have the feeling more doctors are more stupid than more people think.

My grammar was also more stupid.
bredmond
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 05, 2011
i've been told that twenty years ago, throwing away babies was not uncommon here in china.
bredmond
not rated yet Nov 06, 2011
somebody gave me a one. oh well. but really, they probably are unaware of the various conditions in china. As you know, parents are only allowed one child in china, although the policy has slight flexibilities. Also, male children are preferred by the Chinese. Also, human rights enforcement is not as prevalent as it is in developed nations, especially twenty years ago. I suspect people may feel that I'm somehow politically insensitive for saying that, but really, this is not the same place as america, and the application of politically correct language and behavior is very particular in america, and may not necessarially be directly applicable to societies with a different history. Im sure lots of Chinese here in China would admit to various atrocities committed not too long ago. Why hide it? and why must a foreigner like myself have to use some bogus language just to please some minority? It would be insulting to everybody if i were to do so.
LightSeeker88
not rated yet Nov 07, 2011
Hey! Chinese doctors, nurses, orderlies, Wake The F*ck UP!.... and stop doing that damn meth the night before you come to work! You guys can't tell a live baby from a dead one...why do you even come to work?!? What damn good are you? A few weeks ago they were running over two-year old babies in broad day-flipping-light! There is a Burger King on every corner in SHangHai, take your non-doctoring Arse down there and start flippin' burgers until you are sober...get OUT! China..killing toddlers...throwing away babies by-the-millions-like-its-a-God-daWn-sport, despicable hate or stupefying incompetence...damn!
Don't make me MAD at you....
word-to-ya-crying-muthas

someone shared that video on Facebook of the toddler that was getting ran over and Chinese people walking right by not caring and other cars running over the toddler & not stopping. What an abomination. So inhumane, absolutely disgust me. Surprisingly she did get to a hospital for attention. This story just tops the cake!