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Postby Kennyshin on Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:51 pm

April 18 1:30 PM

First signs

April 18 2:30 PM

Arrived at a nearby hospital, no doctor present

April 18 2:40 - 2:50 PM

Called 119 (911's South Korean version)

April 18 3:10 - 3:30 PM

Arrived at another hospital in Inchon, the waiting doctor refused to take my wife in after seeing her (with cerebral palsy and pregnant for 35 weeks and three days), called a few more hospitals that are most famous and largest in Inchon-Seoul area, all refused

April 18 4 PM

Arrived at a Catholic hospital in Seoul, entered the operation room excluding me

April 18 4:30 PM

Nurses came out of the room with a baby but not the mother, moved straight into 6th floor where other babies and mothers are

April 18 5:00 - 5:30 PM

Wife came out of nowhere, moved into another room on 6th floor where 5 other patients were

April 19 1 PM

My mother, father-in-law arrived, visited the babys' room without my wife. Elly couldn't move out of the bed due to pain

...

April 24 1 PM

By taxi, we, me, my wife, our daughter, and my mother came home near Inchon International airport, nearly 100 kilometer ride from the hospital we stayed for six days.


What do you think?
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Postby LoneWolf on Wed Apr 28, 2004 1:33 pm

Why did so many hospitals refuse to take her? Are there a lot of legal liability problems in SK, or issues with trained personnel or materials needed to treat her? I would think that here in the states, a hospital could be prosecuted legally for refusing to take a patient if it resulted in that patient's injury or worse. Admittedly, I know things work different in the East.
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Postby Kennyshin on Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:33 pm

LoneWolf wrote:Why did so many hospitals refuse to take her? Are there a lot of legal liability problems in SK, or issues with trained personnel or materials needed to treat her? I would think that here in the states, a hospital could be prosecuted legally for refusing to take a patient if it resulted in that patient's injury or worse. Admittedly, I know things work different in the East.


Yeah, things work different here. I know a few reasons that I think of:

1. My wife was not a patient of the hospitals we contacted. I heard hospitals don't like new patient coming to give birth to baby.

2. My wife has cerebral palsy which makes everything more difficult but not more profitable.

3. Premature birth. 35 weeks and three days perhaps sounded dangerous enough to them in case they might need ventilator or something.

The hospitals were those that the doctor at the first hospital which we visited a few times in the past few months recommended on the mobile phone who was staying at his home at more than 50 km distance and also the 119 guys recommended. They are also some of the largest, most famous, and best hospitals in South Korea. Not that they are good by US standard.

Since it's quite new experiences for me, I might have made some bad choices where I could have done better for my wife and/or our daughter.
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Postby dodecahedron on Wed Apr 28, 2004 5:14 pm

i think it's reprehensible (if not worse) that a hospital would refuse a person in need of medial attention.

but the important thing is that Elly and Yoojin are fine now! :D
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Postby Kennyshin on Sun May 09, 2004 2:32 pm

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I don't have a program to resize the files. They are 2MB each.

She weighs about 2.3kg now. My mother is still staying with us to help me to take care of her.
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Postby dodecahedron on Sun May 09, 2004 5:29 pm

she's very cute! :D
i hope all's well with her and her mommy!
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Postby cfitz on Sun May 09, 2004 10:19 pm

She is beautiful, Kenny! I can't believe how much she has already changed. What a charmer!

I'm so glad everyone is healthy and home and hope for continued thriving.

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Postby Kennyshin on Mon May 10, 2004 9:12 am

http://home.storageinfo.co.kr/~kenny/pics/MOV02260.MPG

One minute play video, MPEG-1 320x240. My mother is saying something.
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Postby MediumRare on Mon May 10, 2004 1:28 pm

You have a lovely daughter! Congratulations! :D :D I'm glad you're home together now too.

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Postby Alejandra on Mon May 10, 2004 2:37 pm

Congratulations Kenny :D
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Postby Kennyshin on Mon May 17, 2004 6:29 pm

29 days and 16 hours since she was born. :D
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Postby Kennyshin on Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:01 am

Thanks god she now weighs about 2.5x more than at birth. :D
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Postby cfitz on Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:57 am

That's wonderful! I'm glad to hear that she is thriving. Any updated pictures we can see?

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Postby CowboySlim on Thu Jul 08, 2004 11:01 pm

Congratulations, Kenny!

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Postby dhc014 on Fri Jul 09, 2004 3:45 pm

Congratulations Kenshin!
Kennyshin wrote:I don't have a program to resize the files. They are 2MB each.

Irfanview is a great program for resizing pictures :)
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Postby zArt on Sun Jul 11, 2004 3:18 pm

Congratulations.
I'm glad to know that little Yoojin is doing well. =D>
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Postby Kennyshin on Fri Jul 23, 2004 8:07 pm

cfitz wrote:That's wonderful! I'm glad to hear that she is thriving. Any updated pictures we can see?

cfitz


She's now about 6kg. It won't bo too long for her to catch up wit me. :D

I haven't recovered my DSC-F717 and haven't bought anything else. I even lost track of my phone camera (or camera phone) which must be at least somewhere inside home. I like Sony's camera but not their proprietary sticks. I like Samsung's new SPH-S2300 camera/camcorder phone but it'll be available only from KTF and a KTF store is located about 20 to 50 km from where I live, too far for a wheelchair.

Pity the whole thing was not carefully planned. Everything was so sudden.
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