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By NHK TV Crew

Japan's worst nuclear radiation twist of fate happened at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct explanation for the coincidence was once 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, the sort of staff, was once transferred to the collage of Tokyo medical institution Emergency Room, 3 days after the twist of fate. Dr. Maekawa and his employees in the beginning proposal that Ouchi regarded fairly good for someone uncovered to such radiation degrees. He may speak, and merely his correct hand used to be a bit swollen with redness. although, his progressively 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. under 20 nuclear injuries had happened on the earth to that time, and such a lot of these occurred 30 years in the past. This booklet records the next eighty three days of therapy until eventually his passing, with targeted descriptions and factors of the radiation poisoning.

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The 145 m 2 conference room used for these discussions was packed w ith dozens of physicians and nurses. There were heated discussions at every meeting, som etim es lasting nearly two hours. At this point, O uchi was able to speak normally. Nurses looking after Ouchi recorded their conversations with him in the nursing records, and also rem em ber them personally. Hosokawa, who had looked after Ouchi on the day of his arrival at the hospital, continued to be in charge of his care, and becam e one of the staff members who spoke m ost often w ith him.

Examples include white blood cells, which govern our im ­ munity, intestinal mucus membranes, and skin. When our w hite blood cell count decreases, we risk contracting viruses, bacteria, and mold, causing infections that are som etim es fa­ tal. The recommended treatm ent is to transplant hematopoi­ etic stem cells, the source of w hite blood cell generation, in order to restore immunopotency. But the NIRS had no expe­ rience w ith hem atopoietic stem cell transplantation. Moreover, conditions throughout Ouchi's body were ex­ pected to deteriorate.

Serious by nature, Hosokawa felt guilty about her anxiety concerning secondary radiation. But she could not shake her anxiety. H o w can w e p ro tec t ou rselves? No one could answer that question. R ad ioa ctiv ity p r o b a b ly p ierces right through p a p er gow ns, she thought as she donned her gloves, gown and cap. W hen the other semi-night shift nurse, Junko Nawa, heard that one of the radiation accident victim s was being transferred to the hospital, she also felt frightened. W hat w ill h a p p en i f I ’m ex p o s e d to ra d ia tio n ?

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