Svay Rieng Doctor Arrested After Patient Dies

A doctor in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Teap district was arrested on Wednesday after a man he treated went into convulsions and died, a police official said.

Kim Lai, chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau, said the suspect, Sarom Pheakdey, 33, treated Sin Sarun, 71, with two injections at the elderly rice farmer’s home after he returned from work complaining of chest pain.

“When the suspect tried to treat the victim, the victim said he felt better and was fine,” Mr. Lai said. “However, 15 minutes later, the victim started to convulse…and died at his home.”

The bureau chief added that Dr. Pheakdey had misdiagnosed Sin Sarun and treated him with medicine meant for people suffering from stomach pain.

“After the victim died, the family immediately submitted a complaint with the provincial police and we decided to arrest him at the hospital” where he works, Mr. Lai said.

“When we questioned him, he said that he did not want to help the victim but the man’s family had begged him,” he added. Mr. Lai said Dr. Pheakdey would be sent to the provincial court Friday.

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