The Qingdao pipeline blast already looks like a Staggering Incompetence Greatest Hits collection, and it’s apparently not just the oilmen, supervisors, and local authorities who dropped the ball. South China Morning Post is reporting that a pregnant woman was forgotten about in a hospital corridor, then ignored, then abandoned, and then died.
The death toll from the explosion has risen to 62, but this must be the most grisly of them all, as SCMP reports:
Chen Na, a 23-year-old Qingdao native, was 7 months and 10 days pregnant on November 22, the day of the deadly oil explosion, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday. […]
[After the blast, Chen was rushed to] the Huangdao Hospital for Traditional Chinese Medicine, which was swamped with other patients from the blast. Chen was not given emergency treatment and was left alone in the hallway.
Ding said that when he finally found an obstetrician to attend to his wife, foetal monitoring showed the baby was still alive but then the hospital’s electricity went out. The doctor advised them to go to another hospital, Caixin Online reported. […]
Chen tried to find another ambulance to transport his wife but drivers of two ambulances refused to help, saying they could only help people from their company, the website said. He then took his wife on a public bus, which could only crawl slowly through heavy traffic following the explosion, to the Medical College of Qingdao University, and she began vomiting blood.
Minutes after finally arriving at the hospital, almost three hours after the explosion, Chen died along with her unborn baby.
This is too much. Even by the lowest standards of competence, it seems as though nearly everything involved with the Qingdao oil blast has been a complete and utter failure.
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