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Dengue death of 12-year old: Wrong diagnosis

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Young boy dies in Kalasin hospital. Parents want dengue test, doctor says ulcer. 100 new dengue patients a day at hospital. 

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Boy dies after doctors fail to spot dengue


KALASIN : A state-run hospital has admitted its doctors provided the wrong diagnosis in a dengue fever case which resulted in delayed treatment and the death of a 12-year-old boy.

Dr Som-aj Tangjaroen, director of Kalasin Hospital in the northeastern province, yesterday said the misdiagnosis led to the death of Decha Worasin, who lived in Ban Mon in Muang district.

A doctor who had recently graduated mistook the boy's symptoms for a peptic ulcer. The hospital was sorry for the mistake, Dr Som-aj said.

The hospital has offered preliminary compensation of 400,000 baht to Decha's family, he said.

The hospital would also try and prevent making further mistakes of this kind by providing the hospital's paediatricians with refresher training on diagnosing dengue cases, he said.

More than 100 patients arrive at the hospital each day with dengue-like symptoms, he said.

Despite their grief over Decha's death, his family appeared satisfied with the hospital's response.

The boy's grandfather, Samai Worasin, 71, said he hoped Decha's death would serve as a lesson to doctors. A mistake like that should never happen again, he said.

Decha's parents, Rasami and Sommai Worasin, said they took him to the hospital on June 24 because they were worried he had dengue fever.

The doctor, however, told them Decha had a peptic ulcer.

The parents said they had requested that Decha's blood be tested for dengue but the doctor decided to ignore their request.

The boy was rushed back to the hospital three days later when his symptoms grew worse. He had a high fever and was vomiting.

But Decha was not immediately admitted to hospital and was again provided drugs to treat a peptic ulcer.

Doctors on Thursday finally agreed to check his blood for dengue when the boy's condition deteriorated further, the parents said.

The blood test showed Decha was suffering from dengue but it was too late and the boy died later that night.

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compensation: money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them - เงินชดเชย

condition: the physical state of a person, animal, thing or place - สภาพ

delayed: happening at a later time than expected - เกิดขึ้นช้ากว่าปกติ

dengue fever: a very serious illness that you get if a mosquito infected with a particular virus bites you. Dengue fever causes fever, headaches, and pain in the joints - ไข้เลือดออก

deteriorated: became worse - ทรุดโทรม, เสื่อมโทรม, เลวลง, ชำรุด

diagnosis: the act of discovering or identifying the exact cause of an illness or a problem - การวินิจฉัยโรค

graduate: to get a degree from a university or college; to complete a course in education, especially at high school - ได้รับปริญญา,สำเร็จการศึกษา

grief: a strong feeling of sadness, usually because someone has died - ความเศร้าโศก

ignore: to intentionally not listen or give attention to - ทำเพิกเฉย

immediately: happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที

misdiagnosis: when the doctor is wrong about the disease that a person has - การวินิจฉัยผิด

mistake: something that you do that is not correct, an error - ความผิดพลาด, ข้อผิดพลาด,ความเข้าใจผิด

mistook: when something was not understood correctly - ซึ่งเข้าใจผิด

paediatrician: a doctor who has special training in medical care for children - กุมารแพทย์, หมอเด็ก, แพทย์รักษาโรคเด็ก

preliminary: early; not final - ขั้นต้น, ขั้นแรก, เบื้องต้น, ชั้นต้น

recently: not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้

refresher: learning about new things in some topic or subject you studied before - การฟื้นวิชา

request: an act of asking for something in a formal or polite way - การขอร้อง

response: a reaction to something that has happened or been said - การตอบสนอง

rushed: taken somewhere very quickly - ด้วยความเร่งรีบ

satisfied: pleased because you have achieved something or because something that you wanted to happen has happened - พอใจ ถูกใจ

suffer (from): to be badly affected by a disease, pain, sadness, a lack of something, etc - เป็นโรค, ประสบความทุกข์

treatment: the process of providing medical care - การรักษา

vomit: to empty the contents of the stomach through the mouth - อาเจียน

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