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Medical records of world’s first radiation victim from A-bomb recovered


Long-lost medical records detailing the sharply deteriorating health of the world’s first recognized radiation sickness patient have been recovered 68 years after the victim died within weeks of being exposed to the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. The patient, Midori Naka, a stage actress, died 18 days after she was injured in the nuclear blast on Aug. 6, 1945. She was staying in Hiroshima as part of a traveling theater troupe.

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After returning to Tokyo a few days later, Naka died while undergoing treatment, which included blood transfusions, at the University of Tokyo Hospital. She was 36. The discovery came after decades of efforts by researchers to locate her missing records.The hospital kept updates of her condition leading up to her death and the results of her autopsy. But other vital records have been missing until their recent recovery.
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