Sat, 27 Dec 2003

One dies due to hospital negligence

TANGERANG: A 24-year-old woman who attempted suicide late on Wednesday at her house in Jatiuwung district of Tangerang municipality, died one day later after her family was turned away by several hospitals.

The woman, who tried to hang herself, was found by her three- year-old daughter who came to ask for water at about 11:30 p.m.

The child's screams woke her father, who later, helped by neighbors, lowered his wife who was still breathing.

They rushed the woman to the nearest medical clinic. But, claiming they had incomplete medical equipment, the clinic moved the woman to Tangerang General Hospital.

The hospital later transferred the woman to Honoris Hospital at Modern Land housing complex. However, as he did not have the required Rp 5 million (US$588) deposit, the husband took his wife back to Tangerang General Hospital where she died late on Thursday.

The woman's father, a retired army officer, said his daughter was often scolded by her husband. -- JP