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Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center has pulled the privileges of an obstetrician after one of his patients, a 26-year-old woman from China, died of complications from a C-Section last spring.

On Monday, a civil jury found Dr. Long-Dei Liu negligent in the woman’s death, the Orange County Register reported. Her 29-year-old husband and their two sons, ages 4 and 1, were awarded about $2 million in damages.

A hospital spokeswoman told the O.C. Register Wednesday that Liu was let go along with at least one of the nurses who cared for Ling Nie in the intensive care unit.

“The physician is no longer on staff and the nurses are no longer employed,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Nikels told the Register without revealing when they were let go.

Nie died at the hospital four days after delivering her younger son. She had developed complications from postpartum hemorrhage. Her husband filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit, arguing Liu left Nie’s bedside in the ICU too soon and without first checking her vital signs, according to The Register.

Before the seven-week trial got underway, the hospital settled for $3.2 million, the newspaper reported.

Liu argued Nie was stable when he went home. He blamed the nurses for waiting too long to summon him back to the hospital.

The verdict has not effected Liu’s medical license, according to the Register.

—City News Service

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