Date
23 October 2017
Kwong Wah Hospital found a three-millimeter blood clot in the baby's brain after she reportedly fell off an incubator. Photo: HKEJ
Kwong Wah Hospital found a three-millimeter blood clot in the baby's brain after she reportedly fell off an incubator. Photo: HKEJ

Father seeks criminal probe after baby falls off incubator

A furious father wants the police to investigate if any crime was committed after his 24-day-old baby girl fell to the floor from an incubator in Kwong Wah Hospital.

The man, surnamed Tsui, was told by the hospital that the baby kicked open the incubator’s door and fell to the floor, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Tsui said the hospital told him he would have to bring the baby home if no adverse symptoms were found in 48 hours.

He refused to comply, saying the explanation was ridiculous and unreasonable. He has called for a police investigation.

The hospital has named a task force to look into the matter. 

The infant was born on April 12, apparently in good health, according to the report.

On April 26, she was brought to the hospital with breathing problems and was put in an incubator.

Tsui said his daughter could not even turn on her side in her condition, let alone kick the incubator door open, roll over and fall.    

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan made at Tsui’s insistence revealed that the infant had a three-millimeter blood clot in the brain after the May 6 incident.

Tsui was assured by a doctor that the blood clot would disappear in two to four weeks, according to Headline Daily.

Meanwhile, the police said they received a call from a woman on May 6 that her grandchild had been “dropped from an incubator”.

Undersecretary for Food and Health Chan Siu-chi said she is “very concerned” about the incident.

Legislator Frederick Fung, who is helping Tsui and his family with their complaint, criticized the police for slow response, saying they did not take action until two weeks after the incident.

Tsui said he and his wife have been losing sleep over the potential long-term effects of the fall on their first child.

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