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Hospital director dismisses possibility that CPR may cause abdominal bleeding or liver rupturing

Mongkut Wattana hospital director Dr Rienthong Naenna has insisted that the performance of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on former Phang-nga land official Thawatchai Anukul by an emergency medical team did not cause abdominal bleeding and ruptured liver in the patient.

Maj-Gen Dr Rienthong posted a long message in his Facebook page to clarify the death of Thawatchai in an apparent defence of the hospital and its emergency medical team against a suspicion that the administering of CPR on the former land official might have led to abdominal bleeding and rupturing of the liver of the patient who was thought to have committed suicide by hanging himself with his cotton socks in the detention cell of the Department of Special Investigation on Tuesday night.

In the message, the director said when Thawatchai was brought into the emergency unit of the hospital, he was administered with CPR during which time his heart had stopped functioning but it was brought back to life temporarily but his condition was critical.

At about 2.40 am, the patient was moved to the critical care unit and was, again, administered with CPR but to no avail and he died at about 4.45 am.

Throughout Wednesday until Thursday, Dr Rienthong said he was bombarded with questions from reporters about the actual cause of Thawatchai's death with one particular question about whether CPR resulted in suffocation, abdominal bleeding and ruptured liver, causing the patient's death.

He said that the CPR performed by the hospital's emergency medical team was in accordance with professional standard which involved giving oxygen to the patient, assisting his breathing and pumping of his heart to bring him to life.

He insisted that it was impossible that the CPR would cause the patient to suffocate but, instead, would help solve the problem of lack of oxygen.

The director further pointed out that liver was not on the position where CPR was administered and it did not cause abdominal bleeding or liver rupturing.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)