Ilocos doc in hot water over dead baby

Posted at 08/09/11 12:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A doctor from Tagudin, Ilocos Sur is in hot water after a baby he was delivering died during childbirth last July 30.

Dr. Eugene Dauz, officer-in-charge of Tagudin General Hospital, was suspended for 60 days while he undergoes investigation for the death of the baby boy of Nieves and Philip Baricawa.

Philip said he brought his wife to the hospital last July 29. He said Dauz delivered the baby at around 3 a.m. of July 30.

Philip said he was asked by Dauz to get blood for the baby from the nearby Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC).

When he got back, he said the baby was already dead and had stitches on his neck.

"Nakita ko may tahi na ang leeg noong bata. Alam ko po na buhay pa yun sa loob kasi gumagalaw pa," he said.

He said his wife is now recuperating at ITRMC.

Dauz was placed under preventive suspension by Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson starting August 6. He was replaced by Dr. Petronilla Directo as the hospital’s OIC.

Health officials said Dauz’s medical license might be revoked if he is found guilty of medical malpractice.

The Baricawa couple is still studying whether to file charges against the doctor.

Medical officials also said Dauz already has a pending case of medical malpractice.

On April 24, 2010, Dauz reportedly caused the death of 9-year-old tumor patient Donabel Biala due to anesthesia overdose.

The case is still pending before the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).– Report from Myra Wallis, ABS-CBN News North Luzon