Date
10 December 2018
Queen Elizabeth Hospital has formed an investigation panel to look into the case, and referred it to the coroner's court for follow-up. Photo: HKEJ
Queen Elizabeth Hospital has formed an investigation panel to look into the case, and referred it to the coroner's court for follow-up. Photo: HKEJ

Woman, 24, dies after induced labor; baby in serious condition

A 24-year-old woman died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital a day after she gave birth through induced labor, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The premature baby remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit.

The hospital has launched an investigation, and referred the case to the coroner’s court for follow-up.

The woman had been diagnosed with oligohydramnios, or a deficiency of amniotic fluid and abnormal quantities of protein in the urine, during her regular antenatal check-ups at the hospital.

Given the situation, a doctor arranged for her to be admitted for an induction of labor when she was 38 weeks pregnant.

The woman was admitted to the hospital on Friday morning. The medical staff used medication to perform an induction of labor and closely monitored her condition and that of the baby. They were both stable at the time.

However, she developed a short-duration seizure at 10:30 p.m. and a cardiac arrest several minutes later.

The medical staff immediately performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the woman while doctors performed an emergency bedside cesarean section during the resuscitation.

The baby was delivered at 10:45 p.m., but the mother remained critical afterwards. She had repeated cardiac arrests despite resuscitation that lasted for more than three hours.

She died at around 5 a.m. on Saturday.

An investigation panel has been set up to conduct an in-depth inquiry, and is expected to submit a report to the Hospital Authority’s head office in eight weeks.

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