A 60-year-old patient has died after being hit in the head by a 60kg oxygen cylinder that was sucked into an MRI machine at a hospital.
The man, who has not been named, was admitted to the hospital late on Thursday in a critical condition, suffering from seizures, according to the South China Morning Post.
The oxygen tube connected to the patient moved about 2m and was sucked into the machine, hitting and killing them.
The exact cause of the incident is unclear as there was no closed-circuit television (CCTV) in the MRI suite but police are still investigating.
Police Superintendent Choi Tae-Yong told This Week In Asia that the inbuilt oxygen supply system may have been malfunctioning.
He said: “We’re investigating why the oxygen tank was brought into the room. We will thoroughly investigate the incident to determine whether human errors were involved.”
According to the authorities, "there are usually no metal objects around it because of the strong magnetic force" and "the hospital also knew about this but explained that the patient was in critical condition at the time and could not [be taken] off the oxygen cylinder".
The patient has not been identified.
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Back in 2018, a 32-year-old man walked into a Magnetic Resonance Imagining room while holding an oxygen cylinder for his elderly family member and died when being sucked into the machine despite staff desperately trying to pull him out.
His hand got stuck between the cylinder and machine, which then caused a huge oxygen leak at the hospital in Mumbai, India.
When they did manage to get him out, his body was completely swollen and pouring with blood from the horrific injuries he sustained.
Despite being rushed into intensive care, he was pronounced dead within two minutes.
The hospital was sued for negligence.
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