Baby girl delivered by caesarean fighting for life in Hong Kong hospital after mother’s death
Woman certified dead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after emergency procedure
A baby girl delivered by emergency caesarean section after a failed attempt to revive her dying mother was still fighting for her life in hospital on Wednesday.
Doctors did the procedure after the girl’s 21-year-old mother, who was about six months pregnant, arrived unconscious at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei on Tuesday afternoon.
The woman, a Hong Kong identity card holder of Pakistani origin, was certified dead soon afterwards, according to police.
At about 4pm on Tuesday, the woman complained of feeling unwell, while at a relative’s home with her 24-year-old husband on Berwick Street, Shek Kip Mei.
The couple then took a taxi to the hospital. The woman passed out in the taxi about five minutes before arriving there.
Hospital staff tried to revive the woman, but without success. They delivered the baby by emergency caesarean section.
Police said they found nothing suspicious about the death and that there would be an autopsy to establish its cause.
It was understood that the woman had had a congenital heart problem which required regular check-ups.
On Wednesday, the newborn baby was in critical condition in the hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit.
Dr Gabriel Choi Kin, president of the Hong Kong Medical Association, said a baby could usually be saved by caesarean delivery within 10 minutes of its mother’s death.
He said if there was no chance of saving the mother, an emergency caesarean delivery could be performed before she dies.
“When an emergency caesarean delivery is performed all depends on clinical decisions made by the doctors in charge,” he said.