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When Ouchi, a handsome, powerfully built, former high school rugby player who had a wife and young son, arrived at the hospital, he didn't yet look lượt thích a victim of intense radiation exposure, according vĩ đại "A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness," a 2002 book by a team of journalists from Japan's NHK-TV, later translated into English by Maho Harada. His face was slightly red and swollen and his eyes were bloodshot, but he didn't have any blisters or burns, though he complained of pain in his ears and hand. The doctor who examined him even thought that it might be possible vĩ đại save his life.

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But within a day, Ouchi's condition got worse. He began vĩ đại require oxygen, and his abdomen swelled, according vĩ đại the book. Things continued downhill after he arrived at the University of Tokyo hospital. Six days after the accident, a specialist who looked at images of the chromosomes in Ouchi's bone marrow cells saw only scattered Đen dots, indicating that they were broken into pieces. Ouchi's body toàn thân wouldn't be able vĩ đại generate new cells. A week after the accident, Ouchi received a peripheral blood stem cell transplant, with his sister volunteering as a donor.

Hisashi Ouchi

Residents of Tokaimura were checked for radiation, Oct. 2, 1999, after the accident.

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Nevertheless, Ouchi's condition continued vĩ đại deteriorate, according vĩ đại the book. He began vĩ đại complain of thirst, and when medical tape was removed from his chest, his skin started coming off with it. He began developing blisters. Tests showed that the radiation had killed the chromosomes that normally would enable his skin vĩ đại regenerate, sánh that his epidermis, the outer layer that protected his body toàn thân, gradually vanished. The pain became intense. He began experiencing breathing problems as well. Two weeks after the accident, he was no longer able vĩ đại eat, and had vĩ đại be fed intravenously. Two months into his ordeal, his heart stopped, though doctors were able vĩ đại revive him.

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On Dec. 21, at 11:21 p.m., Ouchi's body toàn thân finally gave out. According vĩ đại Lyman's and Dolley's article, he died of multiple organ failure. Japan's Prime Minister at the time, Keizo Obuchi, issued a statement expressing his condolences vĩ đại the worker's family and promised vĩ đại improve nuclear safety measures, according vĩ đại nhật bản Times.

Shinohara, Ouchi's co-worker, died in April 2000 of multiple organ failure as well, according vĩ đại The Guardian.

The Japanese government's investigation concluded that the accident's main causes included inadequate regulatory oversight, lack of an appropriate safety culture, and inadequate worker training and qualification, according vĩ đại this April 2000 report by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Six officials from the company that operated the plant were charged with professional negligence and violating nuclear safety laws. In 2003, a court gave them suspended prison terms, and the company and at least one of the officials also were assessed fines, according vĩ đại the Sydney Morning Herald.

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