A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness by NHK TV Crew

By NHK TV Crew

Japan's worst nuclear radiation twist of fate came about at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct reason for the twist of fate used to be mentioned because the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution--containing approximately 16.6 kg of uranium, which surpassed the serious mass--into a precipitation tank. 3 employees have been uncovered to severe doses of radiation.

Hiroshi Ouchi, this sort of employees, used to be transferred to the college of Tokyo health center Emergency Room, 3 days after the twist of fate. Dr. Maekawa and his employees first and foremost concept that Ouchi appeared fairly good for somebody uncovered to such radiation degrees. He may speak, and simply his correct hand used to be a bit swollen with redness. although, his steadily weakened because the radioactivity broke down the chromosomes in his cells.

The medical professionals have been at a loss as to what to do. there have been only a few precedents and confirmed clinical remedies for the sufferers of radiation poisoning. lower than 20 nuclear injuries had happened on the planet to that time, and so much of these occurred 30 years in the past. This publication files the subsequent eighty three days of therapy until eventually his passing, with special descriptions and factors of the radiation poisoning.

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No one had any idea what kind of battle it would be, or how long it would last. B u t m a y b e th ere are things w e can d o p r e c is e ly b e c a u se 28 RADIATION EMERGENCY TREATMENT TEAM w e la c k k n o w le d g e . M a y b e t h e r e ’s a c h a n c e th a t t o d a y ’s m e d ic in e w ill h e lp O uchi. Maekawa held on to such un­ founded hopes. At 7:00 AM every morning, the medical team carried out exam inations w ith Maekawa taking the lead. Deliberation meetings started at 8:00 AM, where examination results were discussed and a treatm ent plan was established.

Now, both private rooms in the Intensive Care U nit were used for Ouchi's treatm ent. That day, Ouchi's platelet count dropped to 26,000 m m 3. Platelets help to stop bleeding. A healthy platelet count is betw een 120,000 and 380,000, and platelet counts under 30,000 are considered dangerous because bleeding becomes d ifficult to stop. T h e m edical team started a platelet transfusion. Ouchi's w hite blood cell count had also dropped to 900, nearly one-tenth of a healthy white blood cell count.

In a cord blood transplant, stem cells are extracted from a baby's um bilical cord and transplanted. In a peripheral blood stem cell transplant, stem cells found in blood circulating the body (peripheral blood) are extracted and transplanted. O nly 42 HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANT m iniscule quantities of stem cells are available in peripheral blood, so m ed ication is used to m ultiply th em before extraction. T h e biggest concern in hem atopoietic stem cell trans­ plantation is the cell shape of w hite blood cells, called HLA.

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