Doctor dies in front of patient after working for 18 hours straight

Respiratory illness specialist Zhao Bianxiang, 43, was found without a pulse after collapsing while visiting a patient. She had started her shift the night before at 6pm and continued with her rounds without resting

Doctor dies in front of patient after working for 18 hours straight
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A doctor collapsed in front of her patient and tragically died after suffering a stroke at the end of an 18-hour shift.

Respiratory illness specialist Zhao Bianxiang, 43, was found without a pulse after collapsing on 29th December.

She was declared dead after 20 hours of rescue efforts.

Doctor dies in front of patient after working for 18 hours straight
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She died from a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which is caused by the rupturing of an aneurysm in the brain, the facility said.

Zhao was deputy head of respiratory medicine at the Yuci District People’s Hospital in Jinzhong City in north-western China’s Shaanxi Province.

The medic was said to have been visiting a patient and her daughter when she muttered the final words “how is your mum?” before collapsing at just after 12pm.

She had started her shift the night before at 6pm and continued with her rounds without resting.

Zhao is survived by two ageing parents in their 80s who were by her bedside when she was finally declared dead at 7.16am on 30th December.

The overworked doctor’s colleagues described her as a “workaholic” who always put her profession before anything else.

Doctor dies in front of patient after working for 18 hours straight
Dr Zhao Bianxiang

She had admitted to her co-workers that she was “too busy” to take a break.

Similar plight of overburdened doctors in India, where there is just one doctor for 1,625 patients

Startling statistics back the poor doctor to patient ratio

India’s population: 1.33 billion

According to the Medical Council of India, 10, 22, 859 doctors in the country

It is estimated that 80 per cent of these doctors are available for medical services

According to the World Health Organization, there is a need to be a doctor behind 1 thousand people

Source: Mirror UK