Patients demand over $61,000 in compensation from eye hospital

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Ten people who claim to have lost their eyesight in botched surgeries at the Ho Chi Minh City Ophthalmology Hospital have filed lawsuit demanding over VND1.2 billion (US$61,601) in compensation.


In an interview with VnExpress, lawyer Trinh Thanh from the Law Firm for the Poor, said 14 people filed lawsuits but, in the end, District 3's People's Court only agreed to handle ten.


Thanh is representing the complainants.


According to the patients, they underwent cataract surgeries in May.


During their recovery period, they suffered from eye infections caused by Pseudomonas a toxic bacterium.


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


At first, the hospital asked supplier Viet My Medical Technical Equipment Company to assist it in paying out compensations to the patients, according to VnExpress.


The hospital offered  to refund the cost of the surgeries and other fees and provide the victims free treatment to their other eyes, while the company agreed to pay each of the victims VND12 million ($616) over the course of five years in addition to health coverage.


However, the patients have turned down the offers, calling them far too low.


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