SEOUL - Seoul police on Tuesday (Dec 19) raided a local university hospital where four newborns died one after another in a span of less than 90 minutes, amid suspicion of medical malpractice.
Investigators from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency searched the premises of Ewha Womans University Medical Centre in Mokdong, western Seoul, to confiscate potential evidence, including incubators, injection tools and medical records, the agency said.
The move comes as the National Forensic Service (NFS) and health authorities are scrambling to figure out what caused the babies to die abruptly on Saturday evening.
Preliminary autopsies have found no evident reason for their deaths except abdominal bloating. Results from full autopsies will require up to a month, the NFS said.
On Monday, the Korean Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said at least three babies may had been infected with Citrobacter freundii, a bacterium that is common in adults but can cause respiratory, urinary and blood infections in infants.
The deceased were among 16 premature babies in the intensive care unit.