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Family of Indonesian bird flu victim files police complaint
uusjio | February 4, 2008 at 01:32 amby
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"There are indications of a failure to comply with professional and procedural standards," lawyer Nober Siregar, from the Health Legal Aid Association, told AFP.
Siregar, who accompanied the brother to file the complaint, said that the hospital in Tangerang had misdiagnosed the patient as suffering from dengue fever and then failed to provide blood transfusions, as should have occurred in a serious dengue case.
Also, results of laboratory tests were not given to the family, he said.
After treatment at the Jakarta hospital, Siregar said the body had four incisions in the chest and abdomen, but the family had never been told of any surgery taking place and permission had never been sought from them.
A spokeswoman from the Jakarta hospital declined immediate comment.
The victim was the nation's 101st bird flu death. Another woman died last Friday of the H5N1 virus, bringing the current toll to 102.
Experts fear that the virus, which ...