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Tianjin doctor allegedly killed by axe-wielding patient

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 November, 2012, 11:20am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 November, 2012, 2:31pm

A female acupuncturist was allegedly killed by an axe-wielding patient in her office on Thursday, China’s Caixin reported on Friday.

The incident occurred around 1.30pm at the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where Kang Hongqian worked for over 20 years, Caixin reported.

Kang had just returned to work at the hospital after taking three months sick leave. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had received chemotherapy. Kang was known for her diligence and concern for patients, the report noted.

Hospital authorities said the suspect, surnamed Wang, sought treatment at the hospital in October. Wang was suffering from a cerebral infarction, an ischemic stroke resulting from a disturbance in the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain.

But his medical records also showed a history of mental disorders.

The hospital said they did not receive any complaints from Wang before the attack. His reason for attacking Kang remains unclear.

Wang jumped from the second floor of the hospital after attacking the acupuncturist. He survived the fall after being found by hospital staff, Caixin reported.

“I just saved the man suspected of killing my colleague,” said “JingHuZhenCha”, on Sina Weibo, China’s twitter-like service. “JingHuZhenCha” claimed to be one of the doctors who treated Wang, adding. “I feel completely disappointed with this profession.”

Tensions between China’s patients and doctors have been rising in recent years due to rising health costs and increasing demands for services. One disgruntled patient in Hefei, the capital city in China’s Anhui province, killed a nurse and injured four others with a kitchen knife on November 13

Thousands of netizens expressed their concern about the attack on Kang and other health workers on Sina Weibo.

“This is a result of failing medical reforms,” said one user.

“They shouldn’t die in vain,” said another Weibo user. “We need to revamp the medical system now.”