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A pregnant woman and her unborn child died after she jumped from the fifth floor of a hospital in Yulin, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province during childbirth Thursday, with the hospital and family clashing over what led to her death. Photo: VCG


 
The health authority of Yulin, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province defended the diagnosis and treatment of a local hospital to a pregnant woman who jumped to her death during childbirth, but admitted that the hospital's staff were not fully prepared for emergencies.

The First Hospital of Yulin made the proper diagnosis and treatment, and its rescue procedure also followed relevant rules. But the incident has exposed problems, including the medical staff's inadequacy in dealing with emergencies and failure to properly manage patients, the Yulin Bureau of Health and Family Planning said in an announcement late Thursday.

A preliminary police investigation showed that the woman, Ma Rongrong, died after jumping off the building. The Yulin government assigned three teams Thursday to deal with the incident, including investigating Ma's death and comforting her family, the announcement said.

The announcement came days after Ma jumped from the fifth floor of the hospital on August 31 due to the unbearable pain she was experiencing during labor, with the hospital and family clashing over what led to her death.

The hospital claims that both Ma and the hospital had agreed that she should undergo a C-section, but that her family refused.

An employee from the Yulin Bureau of Health and Family Planning told the Beijing Youth Daily Friday that the bureau is talking to witnesses.

Some of Ma's family has been summoned by the local public security department for questioning, the report said.

"We are cooperating with the police investigation and are not considering compensation. We are also searching for witnesses to the incident," a family member of Ma told the Beijing Youth Daily. 

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