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Birth defect claim leads to inquiry

A FATHER who wrote on an online post that stated he may kill his newborn daughter who has cerebral palsy has generated a malpractice investigation at a hospital in Guangdong Province.

Wu Yangsheng, a Jiangxi Province native, claimed Dongguan's Shilong Hospital made errors during his daughter's delivery that caused her condition and it erased medical records to avoid responsibility, Wednesday's Nanfang Daily reported.

Guan Minzheng, Dongguan City's health bureau director, said if the hospital did erase medical records it will be severely punished.

Wu's post states that hours before the delivery, monitoring equipment picked up a low heartbeat on the baby but the delivery doctor surnamed Qi ignored it, recording "machine error" on the medical record.

Three hours later another doctor performed a Caesarean section on Wu's wife.

Upon delivery, the girl was purple and had trouble breathing. The amniotic fluid was polluted as the baby had emptied her bowels in the womb due to a lack of oxygen over a long period, Wu said.

The girl was diagnosed with cerebral palsy early this month.

Learning that the condition is normally caused by a lack of oxygen during delivery, Wu blamed his daughter's condition on hospital malpractice.

He went back to the hospital to check the medical records, only to find the heartbeat monitoring data missing, including the "machine error" remark, his post said.

"I know I'm unable to bring up my sick daughter and the hospital is unwilling to take responsibility ... Maybe I shall kill her?" the father wrote in his post.

The Shilong Hospital denied it changed the medical record, according to the report.


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