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Dominican Republic probes death of 11 children

October 7, 2014

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Tuesday they are investigating 11 deaths at the main children’s hospital in Santo Domingo.

Among those who died over the weekend were eight children less than a year old, including three newborns.

Rosa Nieves, director of the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital, told radio station Z101 that the deaths coincided with a breakdown of the hospital’s ventilation system but denied that was to blame.

She the children who died were in the intensive care unit in serious condition because of various ailments, and that they received mechanical and manual ventilation after the system failed.

“We never stopped administering them oxygen,” Nieves said.

Doctors have warned in recent months that the hospital lacks the resources and infrastructure needed to properly take care of patients. As a result of those complaints, Health Minister Wilfredo Hidalgo created a commission in September to evaluate conditions at the hospital. A report has not yet been released.

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