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Brother of patient who died after surgery in Genk Wellness Clinic: it is our hope that no family in the future still have to experience
Genk Together with his brother-in-law Rick Rowsell dropped Robert Starkes all the way from Canada down to the criminal court in Tongeren. His sister Mildred Rowsell (44) passed away eight years ago, after a buikwandoperatie in the Wellness Kliniek in Genk, belgium. According to the prosecutor's office, nine months in prison with a postponement progressed for the CEO and the hoofdchirurg of the private clinic, got Mildred is not the correct aftercare. There was during the operation, also no anesthesiologist present. “‘Mickie’ is not there anymore, and that has a lasting impact on our lives,” stated brother Robert. “She can't speak anymore, we hope that the court system is that for her will do.” The family asks for a compensation of 250,000 euros.

After the death of Mildred, who on 7 February 2011 in the Wellness Kliniek in Genk surgery was, continued the family struggle with huge questions. A feeling of helplessness dominated all those years. “We didn't understand why she died so far away from home, in a country with a different language, different customs and a different legal system”, las Robert his self-written letter for. “Now after eight years, that feeling of helplessness. Mickie was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife and a friend to many. By her death, we are all a piece of ourselves is lost. She was the glue of the family, and we are actually all in the other cases, but we try to find the pieces to glue.”

We didn't understand why she died so far away from home, in a country with a different language, different customs and a different legal system

Robert Starkes
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The mild prison sentences and low fines up to 500 euro that advanced included Robert, undeniably, but, to him, are not the most important. The future counts. The quality standards for the private sector should, according to him, in Belgium, absolutely improve. “We know that Mickie is, what the outcome of this case will be. We hope that measures will be taken to prevent such deaths in the future in other families can prevent it.”

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