26 Aug '11, 7am

A man in China has died on the operating table after his doctors fled from a fire that broke out in the next room

SHANGHAI - A man in China died on the operating table after his doctors fled from a fire that broke out in the next room, a hospital official said today. The 50-year-old man died after being left unattended for 30 minutes while undergoing surgery to amputate his leg Wednesday night at the Shanghai No 3 People's Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Hu Yuan. A nurse at first tried to douse the blaze, caused by a disinfecting machine that caught fire. When that failed, the staff attending the patient reported the fire and carried on with the operation. "As they were finishing up, the power went out and then they all left," Ms Hu said. Firefighters prevented the doctors from returning to the operating room, and by the time they reached the man in the operating room he was dead, apparently of smoke inhalation. Ms Hu said the doctors and nurses were kept at the hospital as police...

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