As years of teaching torts, I cannot quite recall anything quite this bad for a medical malpractice case. A Japanese man is suing after discovering that doctors removed his rectum and implanted an artificial rectum unnecessarily.
The doctor had misdiagnosed the man with rectal cancer at a university hospital in western Miyazaki. However, once his rectum had been removed, the doctor admitted that they did not find any cancer cells.
What is most astonishing is that he is demanding 35 million yen (only $416,171) in compensation. Most people would put a higher figure on having your rectum removed.
The hospital will only say that “we will take appropriate action after examining the case.” That is reassuring.
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