|Was This Poor Communication Or Gross Negligence?|
|Written by Administrator|
|Tuesday, 02 December 2008|
I often wonder if the doctor treating me is on the right course.
I make it my golden rule to always seek a second opinion at a different hospital when in doubt. Just be sure to do it discretely. Thai doctors take it as an insult when you tell them you want a second opinion. They view themselves as an ultimate expert. I find that a vast majority of them are full of themselves and self-absorbed, particularly moonlighters at top hospitals. Even these "experts" sometimes misdiagnose symptoms and take a wrong turn on the treatment. Here is what acer19800 wrote (via ThaiVisa.com):
My wife began having pains below the stomach area Thursday night. She was due to get her period and I think that might be it. However, 4 days before that she started throwing up which made us believe she might be pregnant.
On Friday she went to work and nearly calapsed so I was called and took her to the hospital:
47/94 Moo 13, Sihaburanukit Minburi, Bangkok 10510 Thailand
Tel: 02- 918 5080
They tested her, blood test, pee test, ultrasound, xray and told her she was pregnant but her baby was in the wrong area. We were very upset and things moved fast at this point, they wanted to take the baby out right away. We have both never experienced anything like this and things were moving real fast, next thing I know a paper was handed for me to sign. Speaking very little Thai, I never was able to meet or talk to the doctor (which at this time, I regret).
Nothing was explained to me, only my wife crying her eyes out telling me they have to take the baby out because it is in the wrong place. I am under the impression they are going to give her an abortion, some tube in her vagina. Again I have no experience, and even asked how long this will take and if she would be able to go home right afterwards. She said, it takes 2 hours and she will have to stay overnight.
She went up and they did the surgery, 3 hours later she is in her hospital room and starting to recover. Many hours go by the doctor never came in but my wife was ok. More hours go by and my wife asked if I wanted to see where they cut. I asked, CUT ? and she shows me the bandage where she basically had a C-section.
This was shocking and I realized she must be in a tremendous amount of pain. The next day the doctor comes in at 3pm and I finally meet him. Translating and broken english he explains a baby was not removed but blood and a cyst. ????? WTF ! Am I overreacting here?? She was pregnant, and was told by the doctor and all the nurses the baby must come out, but a baby did not come out. The ultrasound showed a cyst but was mistaken for a baby??? She had her period one month ago so the baby can't be older than 1, 2 or 3 weeks old, can that be seen in an ultrasound at all ?? The doctors told us she may still be pregnant and a test in a week will determine that. I don't believe the doctor, something is wrong here. So, still baffled by what was said by the doctor just then i call the head nurse to come in with her chart. She explains she had a "cystarectamy" ? I can't find that term on the internet, did she have a hystorectamy? The doctor said only blood and the cyst came out, my question is where is the baby?
Yesterday I brought her home and she is recovering ok, but today she started having blood come out of her vagina which I assume is her period. So I don't think she is pregnant now. What happened, did this surgery cause a miscarrage, when they opened her up they realized she was pregnant but not the cause of the pain?? Did they have to cut her at all ? We are lost here, with only an appointment to go back in a week.
I feel horrible as my lack of communication and understanding may have let this mistake happen.
Is this a legal issue? Any suggestions appreciated.
Very scary! Read more here.
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