A 43-year-old female doctor from Shanxi province in China collapsed and died after reportedly working for 18 hours without rest.
Zhao Bianxiang, a respiratory illness specialist, was doing her rounds in the hospital last Friday (Dec 29) when she collapsed in front of a patient and her daughter in a ward.
Zhao, who was deputy director of the respiratory medicine department, died from subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke brought on by a ruptured aneurysm, reported Sina Weibo.
Zhao had been working since 6pm the night before on Dec 28. After completing her shift at 12pm the next day, she continued to visit patients in the hospital, clocking up to 18 hours that day.
According to reports, her last words to an elderly patient's daughter were "How's your mum?", before collapsing in front of the pair in the ward.
Doctors and nurses who rushed in to save her could not immediately find a pulse and she had stopped breathing.
After 20 hours of resuscitation efforts, Zhao died the next morning on Dec 30, just two days before the new year.