We have a lot to be concerned about. Some people say small amounts of radiation are good for your health while others say there is no amount of radiation that is safe. So, which is which?
You’ll get the answer as you read along but let me first warn you that this one might make your stomach turn!
What you are about to see is the wasted body of 35 year old Hiroshi Ouchi, who had suffered a terrible accident at the uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo where he had worked, on 30 September 1999. The cause of the accident was the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution, which contained roughly 16.6kg of uranium, into a precipitation tank, exceeding its critical mass. Three workers were exposed to incredible amounts of the most powerful type of radiation in the form of neutron beams.
The micro-second beams shot through Ouchi’s body, then killed him, as the radiation completely destroyed the chromosomes in his body.
According to a book written by NHK-TV called, The Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness, when arriving at the University of Tokyo Hospital Emergency Room, Mr Ouchi appeared relatively well for someone that had just been subjected to mind blowing levels of radiation, and was even able to converse with doctors.
That is, until his skin started falling off.
As the radiation in his body began to break down the chromosomes within his cells, Ouchi’s condition worsened.
Ouchi was kept alive over a period of 3 months as his skin blackened and blistered and began to sluice off his body. His internal organs failed and he lost a jaw-dropping 20 litres of body fluids a day.
Every aspect of his condition was constantly monitored by a round the clock team of doctors, nurses and specialists. Treatments used in an attempt to improve his condition were stem cell transplants, skin grafts (even if it seems like pretty redundant) and massive blood transfusions.
In treating patients like Ouchi, it was obvious from the dosage he had been subjected to, that he would never survive.