Court orders hospital to pay 25,000 crowns in damages

A court has ordered Prague’s General Teaching Hospital to pay a former patient 25,000 crowns in damages (around 1,400 US dollars) for having conducted an oophorectomy on the woman – the surgical removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes – without her consent. The woman had been asking for 100,000 crowns in damages. She was operated in 2002 for the removal of an ovarian tumor; the doctor overseeing her case had specified in her file that surgical removal was only to be conducted if evidence of disease was uncovered, but the patient apparently failed to understand all of the implications. Wednesday’s decision can still be appealed.

Author: Jan Velinger