26 Aug '11, 7am

Patient left to die in operating theatre as doctors and nurses fled during a hospital fire.

Patient left to die in operating theatre as doctors and nurses fled during a hospital fire.

SHANGHAI - A man died during an operation in a Chinese hospital after doctors and nurses fled during a fire, leaving him to suffocate in thick smoke, state media and officials said Friday. The 49-year-old patient had been in a traffic accident and was having an amputation in the Shanghai hospital on Wednesday when a fire broke out in one of the operating rooms, the official Xinhua news agency said. Relatives waiting outside the theatre saw six hospital staff, including doctors, nurses and the anaesthetist, flee the room, leaving the unconscious patient, surnamed Zhu, on the operating table. "We saw smoke coming from the window of the operating room. Then doctors and nurses dashed out. When we asked about the patient, they said he was still inside," Xinhua quoted a witness as saying. One relative said he later saw Zhu's body on the floor of the operating room but did not se...

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