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Margaret Wise
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MEI Zhen Lin is heartbroken she could not cradle her toddler son when he called out for her, minutes before he died at Ba Mission Hospital last Thursday night. The Chinese national and her husband, Jinda Peng, are now seeking answers as to what caused the death of their only child, 18-month-old Hao Yuan Peng.

"Four days have passed since my baby died and the hospital has not answered my one question," she claimed yesterday.

"I want to know what injection they gave him. I asked both hospitals for his medical records and they won't give it."

The 46-year-old said the toddler was taken to Ba Mission Hospital on Thursday morning because he had a fever.

She claimed that doctors then referred baby Hao to Lautoka Hospital where he underwent blood and urine tests.

"He was taken in an ambulance to Lautoka Hospital,but after the tests they told us he was OK and should return to Ba Mission for observation.

"We returned in the afternoon and that night, the nurses took him to a room for an injection. He was playing and talking before then.

"When they took him, he started crying for me and his father.

"I followed the nurses, but they shut the door on me and wouldn't tell me anything.

"I only knew something terrible had happened to my son because I couldn't hear him crying anymore. Then I saw the other nurses running to the room and saw my son had changed colour.

"His death was unexpected because we got released by the Lautoka Hospital that same afternoon and he was fine that evening.

"Me and my husband are still in shock, it's hard to deal with the loss of an only child. We loved him dearly and he was loved by everyone, he was a very good baby."

The couple have been in Fiji for about a year.

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Philip Davies said the ministry does not discuss details of individual patients' medical care in the media.

"We firmly believe that patient confidentiality should be respected at all times," he said.

"If and when patients, or their relatives or representatives, wish to raise a matter of concern, they should be advised do so with the relevant hospital staff or the ministry and not via the media.

"We will then seek to investigate and respond to any such complaints or requests for information from any in an open and timely manner based on the facts of the matter, which may take some time to confirm.

"In cases where a post mortem inquiry is necessary, we also cooperate fully with the relevant authorities, again noting the importance of respecting the confidentiality and integrity of such processes."

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