Newborn fall and burnt, doctor say too "slippery"

08:54, December 17, 2010      

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The undated photo shows nurses changing the diaper of the injured baby who was wrapped in gauze in a hospital ICU ward. [Photo:]

A newborn suffered severe burns after it fell into a brazier under a surgical bed in Ankang, a city in central China's Shaanxi Province, "China Business News" reports.

The burns covered 60 percent of the newborn's body mainly on the back, according to Dong Maolong, a doctor who specializes in trauma.

The baby is now in stable condition, but the danger of death still remains because of the severity of the burns, according to the report.

Hu Xiaoyong, the doctor in charge of the delivery, said the baby was too slippery when delivered, and one of the doctors on duty failed to hold it securely. The brazier was brought into the operating room by the child's father after the hospital's heater had broken down.

Although the baby has been transferred to a better hospital for treatment, doctors still remain pessimistic about its condition.

A full recovery would be difficult because the infant's organs were not yet well developed and the burns were extensive, Dong said. The baby may need a skin-grafting operation in the future, but the after-effects may cause body abnormalities, he said.

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