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Hospital blamed for crash victim's death

THE family of a crash victim has blamed hospital staff after he was pronounced dead at the scene but found with a heartbeat at the funeral home – only to die after a second revival attempt.

Zhang Tao, vice secretary-general of the Neijiang City government in southwest China's Sichuan Province, yesterday said an autopsy and medical investigation have been ordered into his death, today's Beijing Times reported.

Zhang said a motorbike carrying a father and son rammed into a coach in the city around 2:30pm on Friday. Rescuers from Neijiang Traditional Medicine Hospital arrived nearly two hours later and pronounced Zhang Houming, 43, dead on the scene. His son Zhang Haibo, 23, was severely injured and sent to hospital.

Zhang senior was sent to a funeral home but the family found heartbeats when they went to visit him. They called for medical rescue and staff from Neijiang No.6 People's Hospital responded, but could not save him.

Neijiang Public Health Bureau said both death certificates were issued in a proper manner. Zhang Houming suffered extremely severe brain injuries, the bureau said, with no breath, no pulse, no reaction and no blood pressure on the accident scene.

Zhang might have been in severe shock at the scene and might have recovered consciousness during the transfer to the funeral home, an unnamed government official told the newspaper.

The family is asking for compensation of 1.52 million yuan (US$222,632), the newspaper reported.


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