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Court quizzes doctor over childbirth death

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Ly Kok Meng says court officials are urging him to reach a settlement in a dispute over his wife’s death during childbirth.

But man who accused hospital of negligence in wife’s death is told to reach a compromise.

ADOCTOR representing medical staff accused in the death of a woman who died during childbirth testified in a closed session Tuesday at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, as officials urged the victim’s husband to settle out of court.

Dr Dark Chanly was questioned for three hours Tuesday, a month after Phnom Penh resident Ly Kok Meng blamed staff at the Cambodian-Russian Friendship Hospital in the death of his wife.

Dark Chanly said he was not involved in caring for Ly Kok Meng’s wife, but represented the accused medical staff.

“I wasn’t involved in any of the accusations, but I just came here today on behalf of my friends in order to help them and answer any of the court’s questions,” said Dark Chanly, who declined to explain what he told the court.

Court officials, who could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, have said the proceedings were part of a preliminary investigation. No charges have been filed as part of the complaint.

Compromise urged
Ly Kok Meng’s wife, Ban Rany, died in early November while she was receiving care at the hospital. Staff members said she died from an allergic reaction after being given a serum. Ly Kok Meng, however, accused the hospital of negligence.

Ly Kok Meng said Tuesday that a court official urged him to drop his legal case and reach an out-of-court “compromise” with the hospital.

“I think I have to agree to compromise with them because it is useless for me to continue the case,” he said. “My wife will not live again.”

The head of the hospital has previously insisted that medical staff did nothing wrong.

“We were not careless,” Dr Say Sengly said in November. “We tried to help his wife.”

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