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Ho Chi Minh City doctors revive new mother in critical condition

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 17:15 GMT+7

Doctors from three hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City have managed to bring a postpartum woman back to life after her health condition quickly deteriorated following the birth of her baby.

Physicians from Tan Phu Hospital, located in the namesake district, Hung Vuong Hospital in District 5, and the 115 People’s Hospital in District 10 cooperated with one another to save N.T.K.D., 33, residing in Cu Chi District, on Friday.

D., who went into a critical condition after giving birth to her son on the evening of the same day, has remained in stable health and intensive care since.

According to the General Hospital in Cu Chi, the baby was born at the infirmary at around 4:15 pm, an hour before the mother experienced hemorrhage in her uterus.

Doctors decided to cut off a part of the organ to control the bleeding but later had to transfer D. to Cho Ray Hospital, considered the best in Ho Chi Minh City, for emergency treatment as she was showing signs of coagulopathy and suffering severe blood loss.

The patient fell into a coma and cardiac and respiratory arrest on her way to Cho Ray, forcing the ambulance driver to take her to the nearest clinic, which was Tan Phu Hospital.

She was admitted to the infirmary at around 10:00 pm, where her heart began to beat again, but weakly, after 30 minutes of doctors’ efforts to revive the patient.

According to Dinh Thanh Hung, director of the Tan Phu Hospital, an emergency code was alarmed to the Hung Vuong and 115 People’s Hospitals, whose doctors arrived after 15 minutes and consented to carry out an operation on the woman at Tan Phu.

A surgery was conducted to remove the patient’s uterus from 11:15 pm on Saturday to 1:30 am on Sunday.

As her condition was stable following the medical procedures, D. was transferred to Hung Vuong Hospital, an obstetrics and gynecology infirmary, for further treatment.

The woman is still in intensive care as she suffered multiple-organ failure after losing too much blood, Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet, director of Hung Vuong, affirmed on Saturday afternoon.

Doctor had to transfuse a total of five liters of blood during her two surgeries, Dr. Tuyet said, adding that an average person has about four liters of blood in their body, which means D. had all of her blood replaced after the operations.

According to Dr. Hung, the patient was resurrected thanks to the prompt and effective coordination between doctors from the three hospitals.

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