Blind patients sue hospital

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Three people who lost their eyesight after undergoing eye surgery at Ho Chi Minh City Opthalmology Hospital have filed lawsuits against the hospital, demanding VND391 million (US$20,102) in compensation.


Representing the patients, Lawyer Trinh Thanh from the Law Firm for the Poor said another 19 people will also lodge lawsuits.


All those filing lawsuits underwent cataract surgeries in July. During their recovery period, they suffered from eye infections caused by Pseudomonas, a genus that includes Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a toxic bacterium.


Local health agencies discovered that the Indian-produced dye used in the eye surgeries, Trypan blue, was contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


In an interview with Tuoi Tre, Tran Thi Phuong Thu, director of the hospital, said they and the importer, Viet My Medical Technical Equipment Company, agreed to pay patients VND8 million ($411.3) each, and provide them with free examinations and medicine as compensation.


According to Thu, the manufacturer, Khosla Company, provided US$15,000 in compensation including $5,000 worth of cash and health equipment. The hospital had asked for nearly 400 million ($20,565).


The patients rejected the proposed amount of compensation, saying it was not enough.

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