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Baby's demise quizzed

A WOMAN in eastern China's Zhejiang Province is alleging a cover-up in the death of her baby son.

She said the boy died after doctors failed to clear his respiratory tract after he was born because she didn't have a birth licence, the Ningbo-based Modern Gold newspaper reported yesterday.

Doctors then told her the baby was stillborn.

The woman, surnamed Chen, is reporting the case to local judicial authorities.

Chen gave birth to the boy in 1999 at Ninghai City No.1 People's Hospital.

She did not find out the baby was alive at birth until last month when a doctor administering artificial insemination on her asked to see her medical records and discovered the truth.

"Doctors's handwriting on medical records is always a scribble and I never tried to figure that out," Chen told the newspaper.

With the help of the doctor, she learned that her baby was born alive on April 5, 1999, but died two minutes later as doctors didn't clear his respiratory tract. The reason recorded was Chen not having a birth license for the baby.

Chen didn't apply for the license because she fell pregnant before marriage.

She has undergone two unsuccessful AI attempts.


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