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Police investigates death of mother and her newborn

Date Posted: 2003-01-17

Okinawa City Police have started an investigation into the death of a newborn baby girl and her mother at a private a women’s clinic in Okinawa City. The incident occurred last September. According to the deceased woman’s family, which asked for a police investigation, the woman’s pregnancy had been completely normal.

Family members say all tests had showed that both the mother and the baby were healthy and no complications had been detected. However, the baby died within minutes after the delivery, and the mother’s condition also deteriorated. She died the next day.

An autopsy established that the woman died of extensive bleeding following the birth, and that had caused her to go into shock and die. No autopsy was performed to the baby, but according to the family, the doctor had explained the baby died of liver failure.

The woman’s husband suspects malpractice and threatens to sue. “My wife was very healthy and there seemed to nothing wrong with the baby either. Now they are both dead. There must be some awful mistake made by the doctor of the hospital. I must find out. I’ll take them to court,” the husband says.

He says that his wife was naturally distraught over the baby’s death, but calmed down after a while and talked with members of her family. Later, when her blood pressure became dangerously low, she was given a blood transfusion and medication that seemed to improve her condition. The next day her blood pressure fell again and the doctor decided to transfer her to another hospital, where she died shortly thereafter.

The doctor claims that there were no signs of trouble beforehand. “I did do my best. It was a natural birth and nothing seemed to be wrong before we saw the baby girl. I feel truly sorry of this,” the doctor says. Okinawa City Police, meanwhile, say their investigation into the incident continues.

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