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Medical Error Caused Doctor To Conduct An Abortion On The Wrong Patient

The woman was six weeks pregnant.


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Medical Error Caused Doctor To Conduct An Abortion On The Wrong Patient
Medical practitioners are often the few groups of people most of us tend to trust our lives with for obvious reasons.

Well, if we can't trust doctors with our health and well-being, who else can we turn to when something goes wrong?

As it turns out, a woman -- a pregant woman, may we add -- in South Korea was hit with this very predicament.

She was mistaken for another patient who was scheduled for an abortion and we think you can probably guess what happened next.

This horrible slip-up by the nurses caused the woman to lose her child. She was six weeks pregnant.

How can this happen?
According to The Korea Herald, the gynecologist had performed an abortion on her by mistake after the medical charts were mixed up.

Why wouldn't anyone double, triple, quadruple check something like that?!

The victim, a Vietnamese national, was reportedly prescribed with nutritional supplements on 7 August.

But when she entered the delivery room, nobody checked her identity. Not even the doctor.

She was then given injections, anesthesia, and the rest is history.

The next day, the woman returned to the hospital because she was experiencing bloody discharge, to which she was told that she had undergone and abortion.

We cannot imagine how painful that must have felt for a mother-to-be.

FYI, abortion is considered illegal in South Korea.

South Korea to end abortion ban by 2020.
Although the government has legalised abortion in April this year, the practice remains illegal and is technically punishable by up to one year in prison, with the exception of parents with hereditary diseases, pregnancy due to rape or incest, or if the fetus is life-threatening towards the mother.

Hence, the gynecologist and nurse were charged for professional negligence for failing to confirm the patient's identity before conducting the abortion.

Moral of the story: check your work!

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