Protest over boy's death

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2005, 12:00am

A group of villagers from Guangdong and their Hong Kong relatives yesterday marched on a hospital in Huizhou demanding justice over the death of a boy nearly three weeks after he was bitten by a rabid dog.

Eighteen-month-old So Kar-hai and his mother were admitted to Boluo County People's Hospital after they were bitten by the dog on July 7. The boy was bitten three times on his face, while his mother was bitten once on the arm.

While the mother was discharged after treatment, the toddler remained in hospital and died of rabies 21/2 weeks later.

Bereaved family members said yesterday the hospital had failed to inform them it did not have one of several injections required to treat rabies after charging them 600 yuan for the injections.

After meeting hospital representatives, the boy's father said they were still adopting a tough stance.

'The hospital's attitude over the meeting is very slack as it keeps saying it should not be held responsible for my son's death,' he said. 'We hope media coverage will force the hospital to admit its responsibility. If not, we plan to organise a protest march.'

Mr So said he feared for his wife as she, too, had not received the required treatment. The hospital was not available for comment.