Doctor Accused of ‘Ignoring’ Pregnant Mother to Death in Matupi
01 November 2012: The relevant authorities of Burma have not taken any action against a Burmese medical doctor, who was accused of being responsible for the death of a Chin mother and her unborn child in Chin State.
Family members said Dr. Khin Maung Kyi ignored the critical condition of Pi Khin Mar Htwe, 19, in demand of money and left her to death with her unborn baby at the hospital, according to a complaint letter sent to President Thein Sein.
Pu Lian Kung, husband of Pi Khin Ma Htwe, and her father, Pu Ki Pui, wrote in the letter, saying the doctor asked at about 1pm how much money they had for the ‘baby-delivering’ operation, which was scheduled to take place at 10am according to the agreement document signed by both parties.
“The doctor came in and out of the hospital several times, intentionally delayed the schedule and said he would conduct the operation at 3pm after his inquiries about money. Pi Khin Mar Htwe couldn’t hold onto life any longer when she was moved to the operation room.”
The letter dated 5 November 2012 said the 19-year-old mother, from Cawngthia village, together with her unborn child died of ‘ignored’ complications of pregnancy labour and delivery at the General Hospital of Matupi Township, Chin State on 27 September 2012.
Pu Lian Kung and Pu Ki Pui called on Burma’s authorities including President Thein Sein and Chief Minister of Chin State as well as Minister of Health to take appropriate actions against the issue in view of preventing the occurrence in the future.
Dr. Khin Maung Kyi is also accused of intentionally ‘neglecting’ ordinary patients by spending time at a tea shop near the hospital, and of giving proper treatments only to patients at his private clinic.
Heavily pregnant Pi Khin Mar Htwe was admitted to Matupi General Hospital on 20 September 2012, according to the Chin World Media.
Chinland Guardian attempted but could not reach Dr. Khin Maung Kyi.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang