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Hospital cleared of pregnant woman's death

A BEIJING hospital was not responsible for the death of a pregnant woman in 2007, a report has found.

An assessment, published by the Zhongtian Forensic Assessment Center, said Li Liyun's death was not the result of Beijing Jingxi Hospital's operations - though there were flaws, today's Beijing News reported.

The report said Li died from a severe, complicated and fast-developing condition.

The report is based on a public hearing on April 28, when the center's five medical experts inquired into the hospital's operations in several areas.

An earlier post mortem on March 11, 2008 concluded that Li had died from respiratory failure.

Li's parents sued the hospital in January 2008, accusing the hospital of not telling the family about her condition and that flaws in her treatment had resulted in their daughter's death, according to their lawyer Wang Liangbing.

Li, a 22-year-old in her ninth month of pregnancy, died at Jingxi Hospital on November 21, 2007.

Her husband, Xiao Zhijun, a restaurant worker on a monthly salary of 700 yuan (US$102.44), refused to allow her to have a caesarean section, which cost about 7,000 yuan.

Xiao and Li, from Hunan Province, were migrant workers in the suburbs of Beijing.

Li's death provoked a controversy about whether the hospital should have performed the surgery without Xiao's permission, given her condition.


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