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Dead patient with 'imaginary' illness to be compensated

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Dead patient with 'imaginary' illness to be compensated
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11:47 CEST+02:00
The relatives of a German patient who died after being wrongly accused of imagining his illness will be paid for the medical mistake.

The Koblenz upper regional court in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate ruled the patient's surviving relatives have a legal right to compensation for pain and suffering, according to information released on Monday.

At the time of the incident, the 73-year-old patient was taken to the hospital for a heart ailment, and also complained of stomach pains. Doctors diagnosed the complaints as a "psychological problem." The patient actually had a gastric ulcer and he died when it ruptured as a result of the false diagnosis, an autopsy later showed.

The court said the doctors, who should have had the man examined by a specialty surgeon, had too carelessly dismissed the patient's complaints.

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