Certainly, among hundreds or millions of anonymous cases with more or less severity, this article can only present four horrifying stories about the “treatment” that so many people undergo when they need intervention in a hospital in Portugal, from dying in hospital after a simple operation to nasal polyps, and family members still having to wait 20 years for the case to reach the European Court just to receive some justice, of course at this point, very relative, because waiting twenty years for justice, even more so having to come from outside of the country, is no longer justice, it is the usual Portugal mocking its people and treating them like sh*t!

The other three cases are equally nightmares, the so-called Portuguese nightmare for those who are unlucky enough to have to live there.

The following article is a translation. You can find the link to the original website at the end of it.

In the week in which the first Association for the Support of Victims of Medical Negligence was born in Portugal, a VISÃO investigation, which makes this week’s cover, tells you about several cases that have not been in the media spotlight. Here we recall some that have marked public opinion.

The first issue of the year of VISÃO, which hits newsstands this Thursday, tells you that the first association to support victims of medical negligence in Portugal was born this week, when two recent cases – the deaths of the commandos and the tap commissioner – brought the issue back to the present.

But there are many other cases outside the media spotlight.

And the VISION was to discover them.

Margarida raises a daughter with 90% disability.
Cristina takes care of her father, victim of a stroke.
Graça saw her breast implant burst.
Luís, a widower, raises the twins alone.

Everyone complains about medical errors.

Recalling some of the cases that have shaped public opinion in recent years

Until the European Court – Isabel Fernandes’ husband died in 1997 after a seemingly simple operation for nasal polyps.

In Portugal, not only was there no justice, but the case dragged on for almost 20 years. But in 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the state to pay 39,000 euros in compensation, criticizing the excessive time it took to analyze the case.

Wheelchair – He was admitted to the British Hospital in 2009 for an operation on his Achilles tendon and was left in a wheelchair.

Isabel Pestana went to court, but the institution always denied guilt. Until, in 2016, the Supreme Court ordered the private service to pay 95 thousand euros in compensation.

Tumor weighing 1 kilogram – One of the most talked about cases in 2016 was that of a 19-year-old girl who was never diagnosed with a brain tumor – although, according to her family, she had gone to the emergency room of the Hospital Padre Américo, in Penafiel, eleven times.

Three years of asking for help from the health services were not enough for anyone to suspect Sara Moreira’s fainting spells and lack of urinary control, as she never underwent a CT scan.

Only the autopsy, in 2013, would allow us to know the truth, discovered too late: a brain tumor weighing more than one kilogram (1,670 kg).

Contacted by VISÃO, the Centro Hospitalar do Tâmega e Sousa only clarified that “there is a family lawsuit before the Administrative and Fiscal Court of Penafiel for compensation”. Since an investigation is underway at the DIAP in Penafiel, the case is subject to judicial secrecy.

Amputee – After waiting four years for varicose vein surgery at the Garcia de Orta Hospital in Almada, 38-year-old Anabela Borges had her left leg partially amputated in 2012.

Until this result, Anabela underwent five surgeries after an artery was cut instead of a vein. Contacted by VISÃO, the hospital clarified that it “reached an agreement with the user Anabela Borges, following the events that led to the amputation of a leg after surgery for varicose veins“. Garcia de Orta refused to reveal the amount, saying that he had compensated the patient “as a form of compensation for the damage caused”. But Anabela’s fate would end tragically, for other reasons. She died, murdered, in 2015.

A country where criminals and the powerful are systematically protected to the detriment of victims and its citizens is the definition of a dictatorship, which is why Portugal should leave the EU.


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While I have been charged $3000 to $5000 for a single cat scan in the United States, I have had a terrifying experience in a Portuguese health clinic where they had a cat scan made on me and I was shocked to find out that it will cost me €0.00. I was lucky that they forgot to tell me the result of the cat scan, but was terrifed at the cost €0.00!