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Suspects held after hospital ransacked

Police detained four people who helped ransack a hospital administrative building on Tuesday after a one-year-old boy died under the care of the facility’s doctors.

The boy’s family along with a mob of about 40 other people, some armed with hammers, ran into the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, smashed computers, damaged other equipment and assaulted staff members.

The four who were detained, including the boy’s relative surnamed Xu, led the group into the hospital and destroyed facilities, according to Minghang District Police.

The child, a Fujian Province native, had a fever and was sent to the hospital on Sunday. Doctors checked his medical records and found he had been taken to the hospital in April, when he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. Doctors at that time had suggested an ultrasound to find out more about the boy’s condition but the family declined.

On Sunday, the family was told to come back the next day to do an ultrasound.

The next day doctors found the boy had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious heart disease, and sent him to the intensive care unit immediately.

The patient died three hours later, hospital officials said.

The family claimed the hospital was responsible for their son’s death and on Tuesday sought revenge.

The mob destroyed computers and televisions and beat any staff member who tried to stop them. The hospital called the police, who stopped the violence and detained four people.

Police did not say how many people were injured in the incident.

Hospital officials said they won’t provide any compensation since no mistake was made during treatment.

“A group of experts confirmed the child suffered hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which can cause sudden death and the only cure is a heart transplant,” said hospital official Fu Lili. “We suggested an autopsy but the family refused.”

The disease is essentially a thickened heart muscle, which makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood.



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