A woman from Jiangxi died last Thursday morning during an operation at a plastic surgery hospital in Guangzhou.
The patient, Wen Chang, was diagnosed with hyperplasia, abnormal cell proliferation that could increase the risk of developing cancer, in her breasts. After hearing about a famous cosmetic surgeon in Guangzhou, Wen decided not only to remove her breasts, but also to undergo reconstructive surgery, according to the woman’s husband, surnamed Yi
“The surgical fees were around 55,000 yuan, so we thought it was going to be a minor operation,” said Yi. Wen insisted on traveling to Guangzhou alone so her husband could continue working. “The last time we talked was at around 6:00 p.m on the 27th when she called me to say she had arrived at the hospital and the surgery was about to begin.”
Yi received a phone call at 8:00 a.m. the next day about “surgical complications” during his wife’s operation. By the time he arrived at the hospital, she was already dead.
The hospital, however, refused to tell Yi how she died. On May 29, Wen’s family arrived at the funeral service center and discovered that Wen’s time of death was recorded as May 28 at 12:00 a.m., meaning the hospital hadn’t notified Yi until eight hours after his wife had died.
“The hospital will fully cooperate with the investigation,” said the chief doctor, surnamed Zhou. He failed to answer why the hospital didn’t report Wen’s death immediately.
Wen, 29, has a four-year-old son who, to this day, does not know about his mother’s death. “I’m too afraid to tell him”, says Yi. “He cried the whole night because he didn’t see his mom.”
Wen’s family, who are demanding answers, may apply for an autopsy to be done to confirm the cause of death.
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By Sharon Choi