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Doctor suspended after 'dead' man found alive

A DOCTOR in southwest China's Sichuan Province has been suspended after she sent a car accident victim to mortuary thinking he had been fatally injured.

She said she had not applied emergency treatment on 46-year-old Zhang Houming but pronounced him dead at the scene and turned her attention to his 23-year-old son, the other victim whom she thought had a better chance of survival, the doctor told yesterday's Beijing Times.

Shi Ling, of the Neijiang City Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, was responding to the dead man's family's accusation that her diagnostic error had delayed proper treatment for Zhang who was later found to be alive at a funeral parlor when the family went to see the body.

An attempt was made to revive him but he died.

The Neijiang government said on Tuesday that the Zhangs had agreed to an autopsy on the father to determine the exact cause of death.

Zhang's son has regained consciousness but is still in a serious condition.

Zhang and his son were on a motorcycle which collided with a coach in Neijiang last Friday.

Shi was a member of the emergency team called to the scene.

Zhang was sent to a local funeral parlor while his son was transferred to hospital.

When Zhang's family went to the funeral parlor about two hours after the accident they found that Zhang's heart was still beating.

A government-sponsored investigation is under way.


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