A doctor and a nurse performed an abortion on a six-week pregnant woman after failing to cross-check her identity.
Tragedy struck a pregnant woman after her assigned doctor confused her with someone else and performed an abortion. Police officials in Soth Korea have now launched an investigation into this matter reports CNN. According to the authorities, the six-week pregnant patient arrived at a clinic situated in the district of Gangseo, Seoul on August 7 for her check-up. However, due to a mix up in the medical charts and gross negligence, the medical staff failed to check her identity leading to the unfortunate abortion. "The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault," reported a police official.
Now, the doctor and nurse in charge are being accused of negligence resulting in bodily harm. According to a report by South Korean news outlet Yonhap, the unidentified patient found out about her pregnancy on the day the incident took place. After being prescribed a nutritional supplement she was directed towards the delivery room of the clinic to receive one. That's when the doctor and a nurse whose identity has been withheld by the police, failed to check her identity before allegedly giving her an anesthetic and performing the abortion.
The following day, the patient who was unaware of this procedure, reportedly returned to the hospital after experiencing bloody discharge. And at this point, she was told that her unborn child had been aborted the previous day. On Monday, the Gangseo Police Station revealed that the doctor and a nurse are currently being investigated for failing to confirm the patient's identity that goes on to prove their professional negligence. Police further informed CNN that the accused will soon be sent to the prosecutor's office. "The police charged the doctor and nurse on suspicion of professional negligence, as they admitted to committing such offense," said the official during an interview with ABC News.
According to the outlet, abortions are still illegal in South Korea currently but they are due to change by December 31, 2020. However, under the current law, the practice of abortion still remains a punishable offense when could lead to jail time of up to a year. Exceptions are made in the cases of pregnancies due to rape or incest, or hereditary diseases in parents, or if the mother's life is threatened by the fetus. Last year alone, 50,000 abortions were carried out in South Korea according to data collected by the country's Health Ministry but it is likely to be much higher since the criminalization of this practice.
One of the Twitter users warned others of Korean doctors' prevalent negligence. @thanksall_ wrote: When you come to Korea, you have to be careful of Korean doctors. Most of them are obsessed with money, irresponsible, and commit all kinds of crimes, including the sex crimes against the patients. Another @DenisKOjhara wrote: An abortion, really by mistake? That's totally unacceptable. @MKFox1 provided another instance writing: Happened in Florida in 1995, doctors amputated the wrong foot. Hospital couldn’t do any surgeries while under investigation. When they resumed surgeries, every person who interacted with a patient verified identity and procedure. Finally, @Uthumankbeacof suggested: Mistaken identity is common though we ought try our best to avoid. This calls for double checks b4 any procedure is done.
Simple rules are not soo simple, know your patient. Talk to them as human beings not as a case. Very simple and saves a lot of heartache— HOLISTIC PHYSICIAN (@anangsowah1) 24 September 2019
So sad😥 but how can a doctor be that careless— UNBOTHERED Quin (@ishaq_rahmah) 24 September 2019
Is that "doctor" a robot? Only performs procedures, does not talk to his patients first? Horrible and crazy.— Sevi Regis (@SeviRegis1) 24 September 2019
My heart aches for the parents, for they must be devastated. I shall remember them in my prayers. 🙏 💔 😢— Jacqueline (@flutterby2366) 24 September 2019
How sad, it’s just inexcusable....that’s malpractice on the doctor. My heart goes out the family.— Isbell (@ilucero1028) 24 September 2019
Holy shit. I can’t even fathom what the would be mother must be feeling— JC Ruiz Photography (@JCRuizPhoto) 24 September 2019