Ubasute: Japanese Old People Abandoned

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In Japan, medical care of the elderly is decided by the circumstances of some families and doctors, and it is left to die. It is like UBASUTE, literally "abandoning a parent", which is a bad habit of Japan in the past. As an example, I will introduce the incident of Kosei General Hospital affiliated to Rissho Kosei Kai.

My Mother fell down with cerebral infarction on June 18, 2007 and was hospitalized by emergency transportation to the hospital. She recovered smoothly, began rehabilitation from July and the hospital suggested that she could leave the hospital.

However, my elder brother quickly accelerated the inflow rate (infusion rate) of her tube feeding nutrition during hospitalization without doctor's permission. She got vomited on that day. The hospital did not record the start time and end time of her tube feeding and could not detect an abnormality in which the inflow rate of tube feeding was accelerated.

This is an act that can hurt her health. Tube feeding is a medical practice and there are risks of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal bloating and abdominal pain and the risk of aspiration pneumonia, so it is necessary to do according to the instructions of the doctor, and you should not do it at the hospital unless you are a nurse.

My brother refused all treatments that will lead to the life expectancy of my mother without consulting with me and my sister. The hospital has decided treatment policy (not positively treated) only by my brother's will, without confirming the intention of the principal and all the family members. Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson wrote "The cruelest lies are often told in silence" in Truth of Intercourse.

My mother died on September 8th. I knew my brother's treatment refusal after reading her medical record after her death.

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