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Hospital failed dead baby

  • Callistasia Wijaya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 12, 2017   /  08:30 am
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Rudianto Simanjorang (left) and Henny Silalahi (right) feel deep sorrow following the death of their baby daughter, Tiara Deborah Simanjorang, on Sept. 3.(Kompas.com/File)

The Jakarta Health Agency alleged on Monday that Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kalideres, West Jakarta, did not follow proper procedures when organizing the treatment of a four-month-old baby that subsequently died. The death of the patient, Tiara Deborah Simanjorang, on Sept. 3 has attracted nationwide attention as the hospital reportedly refused to transfer the baby, who suffered from severe breathing difficulties, from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) because her parents could not pay the required advance payment. The practice of asking for advance payments prior to providing treatment is commonplace in Indonesia, including Mitra Keluarga, one of the largest hospital chains in the country. The hospital asked Deborah’s parents, Rudianto Simanjorang and Henny Silalahi, to pay up front Rp 11 million (US$835.68) of the total Rp 19.8 mil...