The last time prosecutors in Japan took action in a mercy killing case was in 1991, when a doctor at Tokai University Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture administered a lethal dose of potassium chloride to a 58-year-old terminally ill cancer patient.
Suda's defense team had entered a not guilty plea, saying the case meets the conditions set in the Tokai University Hospital ruling.
A March 1995 ruling by the Yokohama District Court on a mercy killing in April 1991 at Tokai University Hospital
in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said that doctors are allowed to end a patient's life if four prerequisites are met.
The death Thursday of a patient at Tokai University Hospital
in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture, may have been caused by hospital malpractice, police said Friday.
The ministry decided to conduct the survey, the first of its kind, after a series of similar incidents followed, including incidents at Tokai University Hospital
in Kanagawa Prefecture, the Kyoto University medical facility, and the National Cardiovascular Center, Japan's top heart disease hospital.
An 18-month-old girl died Monday at Tokai University Hospital in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture, after a nurse mixed up a tube for intravenous drip and a stomach tube and administered medicine into the wrong duct, hospital officials said.
Tokai University Hospital doctors said the nurse dissolved six types of cough and diarrhea medicine into 5 cc of water and released the concoction into the tube for intravenous drip.
The baby girl died Monday at Tokai University Hospital
in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture, after a nurse put her medicines into an intravenous drip instead of a stomach tube.