Chinese doctor dies in front of her patient after working an intense 18 hour shift.
A colleague, who battled for 20 hours to save the tragic medic, told a local paper how Dr Zhao started work at 6pm on December 28 before collapsing at noon the next day after no breaks.
He said: “Often times, doctors couldn’t finish work on time because they are too busy. In addition, the Department of Respiratory Care had some extra tasks recently.
“Dr Zhao was really too tired.”
Zhao’s devastated mother held her hand overnight as experts flown in from regional capital Taiyuan battled to save the stricken medic.
She died at 7:16 am as her weeping father cried her name beside her hospital bed.
After 20 hours of resuscitation, Dr Zhao’s colleagues failed to save her.
Another colleague added that Dr Zhao was a ‘workaholic’.
China recently overtook Japan as having the highest number of deaths related to overwork.
Nearly 600,000 Chinese workers are said to die from ‘exhaustion’ each year, according to state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Between January and July in 2017, 13 doctors reportedly died during work caused by long hours, according to a Chinese medical journal.