Please clear my daughter of her death from a medical malpractice after a disc operation. Today, the Republic of Korea is simply an advanced country where a number of foreign doctors visit Korea every year to study Korean medicine, leading medical institutions in Korea are going abroad, and about 300,000 foreign patients visit Korea to get help from Korean medicine. In this advanced country, Korea, where my daughter, who is healthy and young, who is usually without a chronic disease, died less than 24 hours after collapsing after losing consciousness while being hospitalized after undergoing disk surgery at a disc specialist hospital in P. DEAR ABBY: My daughter, who is 48 years old this year, was a cheerful and active high school English teacher with her husband and first-year high school twins. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, and I’ve been really passionate about my school life, but recently I couldn’t walk well because of my backache, so I went to Psi’s disc clinic. The hospital diagnosed it as a waist disc and first received treatment from the hospital director. I thought I would get better after the procedure, but the pain returned and I ended up visiting the same hospital again for surgery. My doctor bragged that it was a simple operation that I could walk four hours after the operation, and said, “I damaged my peritoneum during the operation, so I just need to lie still for four days.” I stayed in the hospital for five days as the doctor told me to, and five days later, in the morning, the doctor told me to come and walk and practice walking, so my daughter went to the bathroom first. Then, he collapsed in the bathroom screaming that his stomach was sick and was moved to the treatment room, and he was blinded and unconscious. Despite the fact that the hospital was a disc specialist hospital at that time, it was able to conduct sufficient tests to determine causes such as CT and MRI, Doctors and nurses did no tests at all, screaming sick and screaming at her daughter who would lose consciousness, and the 79-year-old father was stamping his feet as if there was nothing he could do to her in extreme pain. So after two hours of testing and no action, they were taken to a general hospital five minutes away, where they immediately examined the blood clot and said, “Why are you so late?” I tried a blood clot solution, but it didn’t get any better, so I was taken to U University Hospital, which was more than an hour away. The doctor at the university hospital said, “I don’t know why I let the young man go this far,” and said, “I’m so angry.” The university hospital wore an artificial heart and tried every way it could to get her blood pressure down, but in a matter of hours, she was declared dead. It’s so unfair. I’m so angry.
Tears flow freely. I am so sorry that my innocent daughter, who was fine, had to leave the world before her old father because she had only a slight backache. In my first hospital, I’m so angry at myself for not being able to help me by my fallen daughter, and every time I think of those moments, I get a surge of excitement all over my body. Every weekend, my heart breaks because I can’t see more of them coming in from the front door looking for a close parent. Screeching hospitals don’t have CCTVs in the operating room, so we don’t know how the surgery went. I sent my daughter into the O.R. and I tried to wait in front of the O.R., and the nurse told me to go to the hospital for a long time, so I didn’t even see if she was on time. There’s no way to make sure that another doctor who went in with the hospital manager did it instead. My doctor told me to lie still for four days, so I don’t know if I was right to lie down. I don’t know if there’s really any problem with not doing anything in the hospital to prevent a blood clot that says you look good after surgery while you’re lying down. I don’t know if it’s a proper first aid to have doctors and nurses barely massaging my daughter after she collapsed and passed out without any more. I don’t know if he did well as a father to trust the doctor just because the chief of the hospital showed up and said, “I’ll be fine with massage.” I don’t know if the hospital’s proper response is to spend two hours like that and then send them to another hospital. The detective in charge sent the hospital to the prosecution with an “unreputable opinion” that the hospital was not guilty, but I am not sure this is a simple matter to be concluded at the criminal level. Is the medical knowledge of the Korean police so extensive that the individual in charge of the crime has not filed a complaint? So, if someone in the nation continues to lie down for four to five days after undergoing back disc surgery and then experiences the symptoms, the doctor will not do anything wrong if he loses time to massage and send him to another hospital long after he loses time for a long time? Are you suggesting I just die like that way? Please ask the President.
My precious daughter, who ended up in such an unjustly short life. I want you to get to the bottom of this case and make sure that the doctors, nurses and others involved in the accident are not really responsible for my daughter’s death. And not only for me, but for the countless people who have lost their precious families in the hands of the doctor, we must put CCTVs in the O.R. We hope that the current medical litigation system, in which patients and their families must fully prove their doctor’s mistakes, will be changed to a common sense, and that the Republic of Korea will be reborn as a truly advanced medical nation. I’d really appreciate it. It was about my daughter, who died after her operation on the disc.