Mr. Zhang was hospitalized for throat biopsy 6 years ago. During this period, his life was saved by hypoxia, but he became a vegetative state.

(Provided by family members)

[Reporter Xu Lijuan / Kaohsiung Report] Kaohsiung Mrs. Zhang complained to this newspaper that her 58-year-old husband, Mr. Zhang, went to Kaohsiung General Rong for a sore throat in 2016. He had a biopsy on March 11, and was hospitalized for observation on March 13. Suspected that the oxygen tube was blocked by phlegm and could not breathe oxygen, the first aid and tracheostomy were performed that night, and the brain disease became a vegetative state due to prolonged hypoxia. He has been lying in the hospital for more than 6 years, but recently the hospital requested to leave the hospital. Does the wife question whether the hospital is responsible?

I also urge the hospital to raise your hand.

The hospital said that after the evaluation by the doctor, because the patient does not meet the acute hospitalization standards, it will only be required to be discharged according to the operation process in the hospital.

Mrs. Zhang said that her husband's physical condition has always been good. Six years ago, because of his throat discomfort, the clinic doctor suggested that he should go to a large hospital for further examination, so he went to Kaohsiung Rong General Otolaryngology Department for treatment. Inspection, hospitalization on March 10, biopsy on March 11, Saturday and Sunday on December 12 and 13, the doctor said that if there is no problem with the observation, he can be discharged on the 14th.

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Mrs. Zhang said that she accompanied her husband during the whole process of hospitalization. Because his throat was uncomfortable and had phlegm, it was very uncomfortable to insert a nasogastric tube after the biopsy. During the hospitalization, the resident physician had seen it many times. There was no abnormality, but the discomfort intensified at 5 and 6 pm on the 13th, and the blood oxygen dropped at 8 pm. After first aid and paralysis, he stopped breathing for a time. , Since then, he has been lying on the hospital bed. For more than 6 years, he has only opened his eyes to see people, his hands can be slightly wiggled, and he has become a vegetative person.

Mrs. Zhang said that after the drastic changes, she had been unable to get out in the past few years, and her daughter was also greatly affected. She thought that because her husband was uncomfortable after the slicing, if she was placed in an intensive care unit instead of an ordinary ward, it might not have been caused during the rescue. Oxygen deficiency for too long becomes a vegetative state.

For more than 6 years, she has spent more than 30,000 yuan per month on full-time nursing care in the hospital to take care of the husband. As for the hospital's request to send her husband to a nursing center or take her home for nursing care, Mrs. Zhang said that in the face of possibly greater expenses and care efforts , I'm afraid it's really powerless.

Kaohsiung Rong pointed out that in 2016, the family members had complained to the Health Bureau and mediated, and they had also filed lawsuits in the courts, and were given non-prosecution sanctions in some medical hospitals. remedies) were dismissed and the patients are currently hospitalized.

The hospital stated that at the in-hospital meeting on April 29 this year, the attending physician of the otolaryngology department indicated on the course record that the patient did not meet the acute hospitalization criteria and could be discharged after evaluation. I communicated with my family. I communicated with Mrs. Zhang on May 10, but I contacted the family 4 times in June and did not answer the phone. Considering that an elder in Mrs. Zhang’s family passed away at that time, I changed the medical explanation in July, but in July After 6 or 7 calls, I couldn't get in touch, and I didn't get in touch with Mrs. Zhang until the 19th of this month.

The hospital said that the hospital's position is very clear. Because the patient does not meet the acute hospitalization standards, the patient is discharged according to the hospital's operating procedures. As for the family members who mentioned that there are other long-term vegetative people in the hospital, the hospital said that Mr. Zhang's case is indeed not the longest. For the longest long-term resident case, a relocation lawsuit has been filed, while the second-longest one passed away a few days ago. The hospital assessed that it could be relocated to a nursing facility. As for Mrs. Zhang, she believed that her husband was the safest in the hospital, the hospital said. , in case of urgent need for medical treatment in the nursing center, they can still be sent back to the hospital for treatment.

Mrs. Zhang wrote a letter, hoping that the hospital would raise your hand and not ask her husband to leave the hospital.

(Provided by family members)