A woman who was five months into her pregnancy claims she miscarried because a nurse gave her the wrong drugs.
The woman, who was treated at a hospital in Shanghai, says she was given an abortion pill by an inexperienced nurse in July this year.
The drugs, she says, caused her baby to be delivered prematurely in August and as a result, it could not be saved.
The woman, identified as Zhao Li, went for a regular check-up at Pudong Maternity and Infant Health Hospital in Shanghai, on July 1, People’s Daily reported.
Her results led doctors to recommend that she stayed at the hospital for further care.
She received fluids through a drip while she was staying at the hospital.
However, on the morning of July 3, Zhao developed a red rash on her body, indicating that she was allergic to her prescribed drugs, according to the report.
Her doctor prescribed her Dydrogesterone, a drug used to prevent miscarriage, to help with her pregnancy.
But a nurse, who according to Zhao had just started working at the hospital, gave her Mifepristone, an abortion drug, instead.
The nurse insisted it was the correct drug when questioned multiple times.
But both Zhao and her husband remained sceptical and took a photo of the pill blister before she took it.
When the couple asked other nurses about what Zhao had taken, the hospital staff were alarmed to discover that the wrong drugs had been administered.
She was taken to another hospital for emergency treatment.
Due to Zhao’s condition, doctors advised her to drink water and vomit in order to try and purge the drug from her system, which she duly did.
Despite having blood samples and her vomit taken for analysis, doctors were not able to conclusively confirm how much drug she has absorbed.
Afterwards, she returned to Pudong Maternity and Infant Health Hospital to continue her care.
Later that evening, Zhao says she experience stomach pains, vomiting and had vaginal bleeding.
She was eventually discharged on July 21.
When the expectant mother returned for a check-up on August 22, the results indicated that the baby was quite weak.
Despite medical staff’s best efforts, her baby was delivered prematurely on August 29, by which time Zhao was 23 weeks pregnant.
Zhao said: ‘The baby was breathing at the time. But the hospital staff said he was too young and could not save him.’
Pudong Maternity and Infant Health Hospital denied that the Mifepristone caused Zhao’s miscarriage, People’s Daily reported.
A spokesperson admitted to reporters that the nurse administered the wrong drugs but said that as Zhao was 16 weeks pregnant at the time, the drug would not have significantly impacted her baby.
The spokesperson cited an independent report by medical experts, which was based on a healthy pregnancy.
The two parties are currently negotiating compensation according to The Paper.
The nurse who was involved was temporarily dismissed from her position, with some of her pay docked, but is now back at work according to the report.
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