21 April 2019
Probe chairman David Sun said a nurse forgot to close one of the windows of the incubator. Photos: HKEJ, TVB
Probe chairman David Sun said a nurse forgot to close one of the windows of the incubator. Photos: HKEJ, TVB

Parents of baby who fell from incubator doubt hospital report

Kwong Wah Hospital said a newborn baby girl fell from an incubator because a nurse forgot to close one of its windows.

But the baby’s parents, who are being assisted by legislator Frederick Fung Kin-kee, refused to accept the hospital’s explanation and said it did not say who might be responsible, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

David Sun, chairman of an expert panel formed by the hospital to look into the case, said a nurse might have accidentally pressed the button to open one of the two windows when a cover was placed on the incubator, Headline Daily said.

The tilted position of the baby’s head, which was intended to assist her breathing, might also have led to the fall as the baby’s head was at the same level as the window, Sun added.

However, the baby’s father, surnamed Tsui, said the hospital report could not be taken seriously.

“We were expecting to hear the truth, but what we have now are only speculations after eight gruelling weeks of waiting,” Tsui said.

He also said he has never seen a cover being put on an incubator, questioning the veracity of the report.

Tsui also said the width of his daughter’s shoulder was more or less the same as the diameter of the incubator’s window, and as such, it was highly unlikely for her to fall from the small opening.

The baby was 24 days old when the incident happened.

Fung, former chairman of the pro-democracy Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, and solicitor Kenny Lam Kin-man said a police investigation would look for criminal elements and try to determine if there was negligence or misconduct on the part of the hospital staff.

The infant, who was born on April 12, was brought back to the hospital 14 days later with breathing problems and was put in an incubator.

The baby was found to have fallen to the floor from the incubator on May 6, and was later diagnosed to have a three-milllimeter blood clot in the brain.

Father seeks criminal probe after baby falls off incubator (May 23, 2016)

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