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Hepatitis blamed on tainted dialysis

SIX kidney patients in northwestern China have filed lawsuits against a hospital accusing it of using contaminated equipment in dialysis treatments and infecting them with hepatitis C.

The six patients in Baiyin City, Gansu Province, are asking the Baiying No.1 People's Court for 100,000 yuan (US$14,640) each as compensation, the Lanzhou Morning Post said yesterday.

Feng Ligang, one of the infected patients, said at least 14 people who got blood dialysis in the hospital have contracted the potential liver disease since last June. Feng said the disease has become a great burden in his life.

Suffering from serious kidney illness, Feng said his doctor told him he lost the chance to get a kidney transplant after he was infected with hepatitis C.

That means Feng's life will be totally dependent on blood dialysis.

Xu Weidong, the vice head of the hospital, confirmed that 14 kidney patients are diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet he denied that their condition was definitely related to the hospital's dialysis treatment.


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