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Investigators probe hospital deaths of three infants

The Local · 4 Sep 2011, 14:08

Published: 04 Sep 2011 14:08 GMT+02:00

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Investigators planned to perform an autopsy on two of the newborns on Sunday to determine the cause of death. The third infant, who was the first fatality, has already been buried outside Germany.

"We are shocked by the cases," hospital administrator Stefanie Wied said, adding that authorities had been informed to promote "a fast, comprehensive investigation into the fatalities, in the interest of all those involved."

According to the hospital, the three newborns were suffering from different fundamental ailments but were all experiencing a similar cluster of symptoms.

Chief prosecutor Johannes Daheim told German news agency DAPD that the cause of death was still unclear, and that results from the autopsies and further medical examinations would likely be available in the coming days.

The children's hospital in Siegen, located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is affiliated with the German Red Cross, and the facility provides in-patient care for more than 6,000 people every year.

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One year ago, three babies died in the Mainz University Hospital after being given drip-feed solutions that were contaminated with bacteria.


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Your comments about this article

15:44 September 4, 2011 by marimay
Probably bacterial infections. Doctors offices and hospitals are disgustingly warm this time of year.
17:10 September 4, 2011 by Californian
Yes they are... Hospitals in Germany lack a modern invention known in the first world as "Air Conditioning". One would expect a country as technologically advanced as Germany to have such a thing as standard equipment in Hospitals. Evidently the concensus is that it's not needed, and that whole "Green attitude" thing is, I'm sure, at least partially to blame...

Schools are the same, no AC, nope, nada...
03:34 September 5, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
The post-mortem is the only way to determine the cause of these deaths, however the article says the babies were suffering from different ailments with the same cluster of symptoms. Were the baby's already ill? Were they in ICU? I hope The Local does a follow-up story when the findings are released to the public.

Regarding temperatures for a baby's room. They should be set at 68 to 72 degree Fahrenheit for the exact reasons mentioned in the above two comments. I find it hard to believe a hospital wouldn't have air conditioning if the climate warrants it, even if only for 2 to 3 weeks per year.
09:34 September 5, 2011 by freechoice
could there be signs of infant abuses?
13:31 September 5, 2011 by Gretl
Let's think about this A/C non-issue. Babies are in-utero at balmy 98F/37C . Then they come out and are covered in clothes and blankets to keep them warm. My first daughter was not pre-term, but she lacked normal baby fat and was small. I was happy that we had an unusual warm spell of 100F for the first 2 weeks of her life so that she didn't have to use what little energy she had to try to stay warm.

I am sure this will be another case of infection from the less-than-sanitary krankenhaus.
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