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Parents sue hospital over daughter's flu death

PARENTS of a 14-year-old girl who died of swine flu in south China's Guangdong Province say they will seek 1 million yuan (US$146,488) in compensation and sue their daughter's hospital for negligence.

Chen Hongdi's parents said they learned that their daughter had H1N1 from a newspaper four days after she died, reported today's Guangzhou Daily.

Father Chen Guifen said the People's Hospital in Dongguan City told him his daughter had an acute brain infection and died from respiratory failure, the newspaper said.

Deng Nianqiang, who is in charge of the hospital's H1N1 treatment, said in a press conference on November 16 that he had no idea what caused Chen Hongdi's death.

Deng said the hospital had never used anti-flu vaccine Tamiflu to treat the girl and had no idea she was infected with the virus.

The girl started coughing on November 10, developing a fever two days later. She was transferred to the People's Hospital from a local clinic and collapsed four hours later.

Chen Hongdi's mother Mo Huizhen said doctors didn't help her daughter until the family yelled for help, and she would never forget the look in her eyes when she died.

"The doctors' wrong diagnosis and delayed treatment cost my daughter her life," Chen Guifen told the newspaper.


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