Retired Filipino teacher misdiagnosed with stage-four kidney failure


Sidestory: A Thai AIDS patient turned out to be free of the disease after 15 years of taking anti-aids medication.

My close friend, a retired Filipino English teacher living in Thailand, was initially diagnosed with stage-four kidney failure requiring regular dialysis but it turned out to be just another medical error. The circumstances surrounding her case was similar to what happened to me. See here.

All her laboratory tests and the visible edema of the legs combined to lead her doctor to advice she undergo a regular dialysis.

Face to face with the prospect of a costly, three-times weekly dialysis, my friend was clearly very worried to the point of entertaining the thought of committing suicide.

She and her children were already looking around for the most convenient and less costly place to do the dialysis (the cheapest place they found was around 850 baht per time) when something big happened.

Her follow-up laboratory test results all showed they were within normal range, so her doctor said she did not have to do dialysis this year.

Maybe it was a miracle. However, I tend to look at it as medical error.

Upon learning of her supposed condition, she prayed, as she has always done, about her sickness. Also, out of fear, she dieted.

For the sake of completeness, my friend has been suffering from and has managed her diabetes for decades now. It is a given trend that 30% of diabetes patients progress to kidney disease.

Meanwhile, NationMultimedia reported that Suthida Sangsumart, 23, who supposedly tested positive of AIDS 15 years ago, and taken anti-aids medications, turned out to be free of HIV at recent tests.

She plan to sue the hospital that conducted the previous test. NOTE: HIV has no known cure.

So medical errors are not rare after all.

Even worse is the prevalence of ‘the error of medical omission’ or the failure of doctors to advice patients on the proper management of their conditions, as well as the failure to advice patients about important steps to take to ensure accurate unbiased laboratory tests.


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