Wife claims fight led to miscarriage

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 12:00am

A couple from Heilongjiang province are suing a city official for more than one million yuan (HK$940,000) in medical expenses and for personal trauma following a dispute they say caused the miscarriage of their recently implanted test-tube baby.

The couple claim that on March 27, Cao Deqing, the Jiamusi City Tobacco Monopoly Bureau Customs Brigade chief, caused the death of the embryo they tried for more than 18 months to conceive, during an inspection of wife Wang Bo's vehicle, the China Youth Daily reported.

'After I got out of the vehicle we started to argue, and Mr Cao pushed me down to the ground,' a weeping Ms Wang said during her court testimony, the report said. 'We got into another scuffle and then he climbed on top of me and, while pinning me to the ground, he kneed me in the stomach. I started bleeding from the womb and was rushed to the hospital.'

Nearly 20 villagers who witnessed the incident have appeared at the Jiamusi Intermediate People's Court in Heilongjiang province to corroborate Ms Wang's version of the events. Mr Cao has denied the charges, the report said.

Mr Cao and his legal representatives claim Ms Wang is fabricating her distress, based on medical records they obtained, recorded on the day of the incident, that state she was not pregnant.

According to the report, the couple began trying to have a baby following the death of their 20-year-old son. After a medical examination found Ms Wang had a problem with her fallopian tubes and could not conceive, they began the costly test-tube process at Shenyang No 204 Hospital, Liaoning province, early last year.

The process required 12 attempts until a test by the Jiamusi City Centre Hospital on March 23 confirmed she was pregnant.

The couple's lawyers have charged that the defendant abused his government position to illegally obtain Ms Wang's medical records. Moreover, the plaintiff's lawyers assert there is nothing unusual about her negative pregnancy test on March 27, given the test was conducted after her miscarriage.

Mr Cao's lawyers are also trying to prevent the defendant's witnesses from appearing in court on the grounds that as his subordinates, their testimony would be biased.

The couple is seeking 1.13 million yuan, which includes 800,000 yuan for pain and suffering, and the costs of conceiving the test-tube baby.

The case continues.