An 11-year-old boy died of blood loss due to improper treatment at an unlicensed clinic in Ruzhou, Henan province last week.
According to the boy’s mother, they’d gone to a clinic near their village last Thursday because he had a sore throat. She said the doctor, Zhang Liwen, checked the boy’s throat and diagnosed it as tonsillitis, CCTV News reports, citing the local news portal HNR.cn.
He carried out a “special treatment” on the boy that involved puncturing the tonsils and releasing the blood. “All of the sudden, blood burst out of my son’s mouth and nose, and only after a few minutes, he was gone,” the boy’s mother, surnamed Lou, recalled.
She said Zhang, who apparently doesn’t have a medical license, ran off and has been out of contact since the boy’s death. The boy’s relatives have since staged a protest in front of the clinic and blocked the doctor’s home next-door.
Lou said she’d taken her son to Zhang’s clinic because he’d been running it for years and she heard he was an expert in throat treatment.
China has taken steps to crack down on illegal medical practices and earlier this year closed down over 5,000 unlicensed clinics across the country, but cases such as this one are still commonly reported. In October, a woman was found dead at an unlicensed clinic located above a wet market in Pudong. It was owned by an Anhui man who’d been practicing medicine for more than five years illegally.