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Two hospital errors trigger settlements

Date Posted: 2004-06-24

Two medical accidents that never should have happened have led to settlements to patients’ families.

The first, at prefecture-owned Naha Hospital, was a 1999 incident where an 82-year-old man with a subarachnoid hemorrhage was improperly treated, and the bleeding never stopped. The man went into a vegetative state with brain damage, and died in 2002.

The court ordered ¥7,500,000 payment to the man’s family.

Chubu Hospital was the setting for the second claim, where a 16-year-old patient had a heart problem.

Doctors operated, but following the surgery the boy complained of a stomach ache. The doctors said “no, it’s just normal gastroenteritis, but the boy went into shock and his heart stopped beating. He suffered a brain disorder apparently from general anesthesia”.

The Prefecture settled with the family for ¥258,000,000, agreeing the amount represents what the boy’s lifetime income would have amounted to. The boy now requires 24 hour care, with little likelihood of any change for the better in the future.

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