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Woman dies following drip treatment at clinic

BAOSHAN District police are hunting for the owner of an unlicensed private medical clinic after a woman died there last Thursday while hooked up to an intravenous drip.

Su Qun, a 34-year-old from Sichuan Province, was put on a glucose drip in the clinic. The mixture was later found to have contained as yet unidentified substances, said officials with the health bureau of Baoshan District.

The woman who ran the clinic called the police but then fled the scene before officers arrived.

Migrant workers living nearby often bought basic medicine and received drips at the clinic, said Li Cuihua, Su's sister-in-law.

Su was sent to the clinic on Thursday morning after she felt unwell, Li said. Su hadn't come home by 2pm, so Li went to the clinic to find her.

When she arrived, Li saw the clinic had been cordoned off by police. When Li went in, she saw Su lying on a sickbed with a glucose drip still in her left arm. Police had already pronounced her dead.

Investigators confirmed the clinic was unlicensed and the woman who ran it didn't hold any certificate to practice medicine.

Police have filed criminal charges alleging the suspect killed Su by administering unapproved medicine.

"We raided the clinic twice last year, first in March and then in November, but after each clampdown they reopened again," said Shi Weili, director of the health bureau. "Apparently the owner's illegal profits outweighed the fines we imposed."

Unlicensed private clinics are liable to fines of up to 10,000 yuan (US$1,462).

Su lived with her 37-year-old husband Liu Huiguo in Baoshan District's Luojin Town. The couple have two children, aged five and six.


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