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Payment halts malpractice case

Payment halts malpractice case

A DOCTOR in Banteay Meanchey province accused of causing the death of a 15-month-old by administering harmful serums has agreed to pay out-of-court compensation to the child’s family, though he has also denied wrongdoing.

Chan Thorn, from Poipet town, died on Sunday at the house of local doctor Khong Veng after receiving multiple injections.

Khong Veng said he had agreed to pay 1.2 million riels (around US$287) in compensation because the child’s family is poor and needs to pay for a funeral.

“The baby had serious illnesses from Thailand since a long time ago – pneumonia, dengue fever, typhoid and general fever,” he added.

But Veng Vuth, the father of the deceased child, denied that Chan Thorn had died from his illnesses, blaming the injections instead.

“After he injected the fifth serum, my baby started convulsing, which stemmed from the reaction of serums that he didn’t have the skill [to administer],” he said.

He said he had accepted the money after promising not to file a court complaint.

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