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Hospital May Be Cleared in Suicide of Woman in Labor

By Sheng Menglu, Liu Jiaying, Xu Zhuang and Li Rongde
A video screen grab from the First Hospital of Yulin in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province shows 26-year-old Ma Rongrong kneeling in front of her family in a hospital hallway on Aug. 31. The video has no sound so it is unknown whether she was kneeling in pain or begging the family for permission to let her have a cesarean section. Yulin’s health authority says the hospital had followed the proper medical protocol. Photo: First Hospital of Yulin
A video screen grab from the First Hospital of Yulin in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province shows 26-year-old Ma Rongrong kneeling in front of her family in a hospital hallway on Aug. 31. The video has no sound so it is unknown whether she was kneeling in pain or begging the family for permission to let her have a cesarean section. Yulin’s health authority says the hospital had followed the proper medical protocol. Photo: First Hospital of Yulin

The hospital at the center of a controversy after a woman who was in labor committed suicide might be cleared of major wrongdoing, according to initial results from an ongoing government investigation.

The First Hospital of Yulin in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province had followed the proper protocol required in maternity care by advising Ma Rongrong to have a cesarean section to avoid risks during delivery, the city’s health authority said Thursday, citing findings from three preliminary investigations.

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