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

A Zhongtian Forensic Assessment Center assessment said Li Liyun's death was not the result of Beijing Jingxi Hospital's operations, though there were flaws, yesterday's The 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.

An earlier postmortem 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 who earned 700 yuan (US$100) a month, refused to allow her to have a caesarean section, which cost about 7,000 yuan.

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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