Date
22 October 2018
The Hospital Authority is conducting its own investigation into the disappearance of a dead patient's brain at the North District Hospital. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
The Hospital Authority is conducting its own investigation into the disappearance of a dead patient's brain at the North District Hospital. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Hospital accused of cover-up after patient’s brain goes missing

North District Hospital, a public hospital in Sheung Shui, is under fire after the brain of a dead patient went missing following an autopsy.

Accompanied by Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun, the dead woman’s daughter met with several doctors at the hospital on Tuesday.

She suspected that the hospital was trying to conceal the facts behind her mother’s death, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Calling the case disappointing and totally unimaginable, the daughter said she could not understand why her mother suddenly died after having been admitted for three days and why her mother’s brain, which was supposed to be examined to determine the cause of her death, disappeared.

The woman, 71, died on Feb. 25 and an autopsy was conducted on March 2 to determine the cause of her death.

However, the brain, which was removed from the patient and stored for further examination, was reported missing last Wednesday.

The hospital on Friday expressed “deep regret” for what happened and offered its apologies.

The daughter also said the hospital failed to keep blood samples from her mother’s body, fueling her suspicion that the hospital was trying to hide something.

The samples could prove whether her mother died from wrong medication, overdose or poisoning, she said.

The hospital explained that blood samples may be discarded even if they don’t know the cause of death.

But To slammed the hospital for not even being able to list the possible causes of death.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident. The Hospital Authority has also formed a team of experts to look into arrangements of storage and security for organs waiting for autopsy.

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