Doctor collapses and dies in front of her patient after working 18 hours straight
A doctor collapsed and died in front of her patient after working 18 hours straight.
Zhao Bianxiang, 43, a respiratory illness specialist, was found without a pulse after collapsing on December 29.
She was declared dead after 20 hours of rescue efforts.
Zhao, who was deputy head of respiratory medicine at the Yuci District People’s Hospital in Jinzhong City in China, died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is caused by the rupturing of an aneurysm in the brain, the facility said.
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 leaves behind her two parents, who were by her bedside when she was finally declared dead at 7.16am on December 30.
The overworked doctor’s colleagues described her as a ‘workaholic’ who always put her profession before anything else.
She had admitted to her coworkers that she was ‘too busy’ to take a break.