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Brazil Probes Baby Death After Delivery Room Fight

Brazil Probes Baby Death After Delivery Room Fight

Associated Press/AP Online

March 08, 2010

SAO PAULO – A newborn died after two doctors scuffled while the mother was in labor and Brazilian authorities said Thursday they are investigating to determine whether the delivery room fight caused the death or contributed to it.

The two doctors were fired by the public hospital in the small city of Ivinhema near the border with Paraguay, but investigators have not determined whether the fight played a role in the death, Ivinhema Health Secretary Sonia Garcao said.

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Garcao would not comment on what caused the fight. But Brazil’s Globo TV said witnesses reported one doctor got angry early Tuesday morning because the other doctor was summoned to deliver the baby for 32-year-old Gislaine de Matos Rodrigues even though he was not scheduled to be on duty.

Witnesses said the baby died of asphyxiation following complications, Globo TV reported. Neither Garcao nor Globo TV provided further details about how the asphyxiation happened.

One of the doctors admitted to Globo TV there was a fight in the delivery room, but blamed his colleague.

“I didn’t get in a fight with him,” said Dr. Sinomar Ricardo. “He got into a fight with me.”

The network said it was unable to interview the second doctor.

Rodrigues, a seamstress, said she was terrified when the fight broke out. “I asked them to stop fighting and help me,” she told Globo TV. “One of the nurses came to protect me and console me.”

A third doctor took over the delivery after hospital security guards removed the fighting doctors, Rodrigues said. She said her baby girl was dead upon delivery.

Police said they will investigate, and the regional body that oversees doctors in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul also launched a probe. The two doctors were given 10 days to report their versions of what happened in the hospital’s delivery room.

The autopsy report on the baby’s death is expected to be released next week.


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    Account Removed

    over 3 years ago

    This is outrageous!

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    lalababy

    almost 4 years ago

    96 comments

    Wow that is horrible! I hope that their licenses arĂȘ revoked!!

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    aggiegirl1989

    almost 4 years ago

    154 comments

    i cant believe the AUDACITY of that one dr who was mad that he was called into a delivery and he wasnt on call?! WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO FIRST DO NO HARM?! YES THEY NEED TO LOSE THEIR LICENSE. Thank God the nurse was there to protect and comfort HER PATIENT.....

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    casassy62688

    almost 4 years ago

    290 comments

    How awful! A child died because two imature doctors could not get aling? What could have been so important besides the patient? Patients and their safety ALWAYS comesfirst. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. <3

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    cxg174

    almost 4 years ago

    50 comments

    People are so bizarre. Are they horribly underpaid there or something that they had to fight for the job????

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    Mrs_Sergeant

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    OMG... :-( This is absolutely horrible! :-(

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    lralkhatib

    over 4 years ago

    2094 comments

    this is very sad story.

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    guera

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Thats a shame a a mother lost its baby and the baby lost its life for two immuture doctors...

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    2BARN

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    These men should lose their License, if they can't control themselves better than that they don't need to be doctor's. They are adults - they could have took care of business and saved this baby then handled their business outside like grown men! Stupid, pure stupid! Now this mother has to live without her baby for the rest of her life!

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    2BARN

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    These men should lose their License, if they can't control themselves better than that they don't need to be doctor's. They are adults - they could have took care of business and saved this baby then handled their business outside like grown men! Stupid, pure stupid! Now this mother has to live without her baby for the rest of her life!

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    onepowerfullady

    over 4 years ago

    260 comments

    My heart really goes out to this mother! No money will ever replace the birth of her child!

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    nyanbenmommy1

    over 4 years ago

    106 comments

    this is horrible

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    Babygirlrivera

    over 4 years ago

    28 comments

    How careless can people really get!

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