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Hospital bungle led to mom-to-be's death

AN east China city's health authority said a local hospital's inexperience in treating H1N1 flu resulted in the death of a pregnant woman with the virus.

Liu Sisi, who was seven months pregnant, showed untypical symptoms in the first days of infection and had no other complications, which led the Ningbo Women & Children's Hospital to underestimate her risk of flu, Ningbo Public Health Bureau in Zhejiang Province told China News Service today.

The hospital, specializing in gynecology, obstetrics and pediatrics, was too inexperienced in flu treatment, the authority admitted.

Liu started to run a high fever on November 26. She was sent to the hospital three times but each time was diagnosed with normal seasonal flu. She was diagnosed as a serious case of H1N1 flu on December 2 and died on December 18. Her baby was pronounced dead three days before.

Her father Liu Zhengyao blamed the hospital's slow reaction in delaying treatment and causing his daughter's death. He said he retained the right to file a lawsuit against the hospital.


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