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 reason behind the twist of fate used to be stated because the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution--containing approximately 16.6 kg of uranium, which passed the severe mass--into a precipitation tank. 3 staff have been uncovered to severe doses of radiation.
Hiroshi Ouchi, this type of staff, used to be transferred to the college of Tokyo health facility Emergency Room, 3 days after the twist of fate. Dr. Maekawa and his employees firstly concept that Ouchi seemed particularly good for anyone uncovered to such radiation degrees. He may possibly speak, and basically his correct hand used to be a bit swollen with redness. although, his situation 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 scientific 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 publication records the subsequent eighty three days of therapy until eventually his passing, with distinct descriptions and motives of the radiation poisoning.
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T his is because the exposed surface area is four tim es larger when the distance from the radiation source is doubled. At distances slightly further away from the radiation source, the effect on the body becomes significantly smaller. This explains why different parts of Ouchi's body were exposed to varying intensities of neutron beams, resulting in a large disparity betw een areas, a radiation phenom enon called unequal irradiation. When Ouchi was supporting the filter, the right side of his body was closest to the precipitation tank in which the criticality reaction occurred.
Deep in his thoughts, Maekawa took the last train to Tokyo. 15 H o spital T r a n s f e r — Day 3 A SLOW DEATH Saturday, October 2, Day 3 after irradiation. Maekawa stopped by the U niversity of Tokyo Hospital in the early morning to pick up m edication for Ouchi and his colleagues before heading back to the NIRS. In the morning, Maekawa participated in deliberation meetings to discuss treatm ent for Ouchi, whose condition had started deteriorating. There were two categories of treatm ent th at O uchi required: centralized monitoring of his performance status, which was expected to decline, and recovering his immunopotency in order to protect his body from foreign agents.
As a measure of infection prevention, the m edical team requested a simplified version of a cleanroom to be installed next to Ouchi's private room in the Intensive Care Unit. Two apparatuses circulating sterile air and filtering small particles like bacteria and mold were placed near the head of the bed. Construction was carried out to cover the entire room in plastic curtains that extended to the ceiling. On October 5, the day that Ouchi's chromosomes were found to be destroyed in to pieces, the cleanroom was completed and O uchi was transferred to a new bed.
A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness by NHK TV Crew