A newborn baby girl in Guizhou city died 10 days after she was born due to tetanus, which doctors believed she’d contracted through a pair of scissors her father had used to cut her umbilical chord.
The baby girl, Xiao Shuang (an alias), was born on the evening of March 19 and would have been the family’s third child.
As local transportation wasn’t very convenient, the family delivered the baby from home. The father, surnamed Zhang, bought a pair of scissors at a store for eight yuan, boiled them for half an hour and cut the girl’s umbilical cord when she was born.
Zhang told reporters that his oldest daughter had been delivered by his mother, and he himself had delivered his son, using a pair of scissors to cut the cord.
On March 25, six day’s after Xiao Shuang’s birth, she began crying uncontrollably. When she was sent to a local hospital for examination, her father was told that she’d been infected with tetanus. She was transferred to a larger hospital and sent to the ICU.
Just three days later, Xiao Shuang stopped breathing and her lungs began to bleed. After a night of emergency treatment, she hadn’t survived.
It’s required by Chinese law that all pregnant women give birth at a hospital. Tetanus in newborns (neonatal tetanus) most commonly occurs in rural areas, where babies are delivered at home without sterile medical equipment. Most infants with neonatal tetanus will die.
According to a doctor at the hospital, boiling scissors will not kill the tetanus
By Lucy Liu
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