"Doctor Wu, you can't say that. We just wanted to save the patient's life," Huang Yue argued back.
"You should know what you're capable of, and what you're not, even if you want to save a life. Don't you even know who you are?"
"Well, this all happened because of an unreliable doctor, who abandoned her shift at night. Did you really think that we wanted to take the risk to save that person's life?" Huang Yue was young and reckless and wasn't as calm as Huo Mian. It didn't take long for her to start arguing with Wu Xiaoxue.
The key thing was, Huang Yue was already in a different department now, so she no longer feared to go against Wu Xiaoxue.
"What do you mean by 'abandoning work'? I was feeling sick, I'm pregnant, don't you know? As a pregnant woman, I've to take responsibility for my own health and wellbeing. I didn't do anything wrong. The patient's family won't come looking for me. Instead, they'll look for whoever performed the surgery. If you're so good at what you do, then you better clean up the mess you've caused. Don't hide behind the hospital like a turtle hiding in its shell and drag down my elderly uncle along with you, okay?" Wu Xiaoxue mocked.
"Don't worry, I will take the responsibility for it, I won't drag down the director."
"That would be best." Wu Xiaoxue lifted her head and arrogantly walked past Huo Mian after she spoke.
"Whoa, that woman really knows how to find excuses. She claims to be not feeling well as soon as she found out she was pregnant. Ditching work is still ditching work, yet she has a so-called excuse, how could she be such an irresponsible doctor? I'm really done with her, how could she be so prissy? She might as well rest at home forever! Why did she even come back to work?" Huang Yue was extremely pissed off.
"Whatever, I don't care what she says, because I've never cared about her."
Huo Mian clearly knew that it was unnecessary to get upset over a person like Wu Xiaoxue every day.
Huo Mian felt anxious the entire morning. She didn't know how the director was going to handle the situation.
The truth was, she wouldn't object, even if the director fired her since she truly made a mistake.
She just didn't want her own misconducts to drag down the hospital.
She would truly feel terrible if the hospital had to pay a couple million yuan in compensation because of this.
"Chief Han, has there been any news? Did the director say anything about what he was going to do?" Huo Mian kept asking the chief of her department.
"How would we know about these things? The director directly contacts the patient."
That afternoon, the head nurse called Huo Mian with the hospital's internal line.
She simply spoke of what came of this incident, and that the director had met with the patient and her family members.
However, they couldn't come to an agreement. The director claimed that the patient's surgery went very well, and she didn't suffer from any infections or side effects.
It was wrong for Huo Mian, a nurse, to perform the surgery, but that was because she wanted to save the patient's life more than anything.
In summary, the hospital decided to waive all hospitalization fees the patient incurred during her stay, and compensate the patient thirty thousand yuan for psychological damages.
To everyone's surprise, the patient's husband was suddenly angered; not only did he yell and scream at the director nonstop, he even flipped the table.
He said that the hospital won't be able to get rid of them with a mere thirty thousand yuan. They wanted at least three million yuan and not a penny less.
Finally, the director said, "Then let's go by legal procedures. You can file a lawsuit against us, and we'll find a specialist to determine whether the patient is truly infected. We'll fight this until the end, from an ethical and a medical perspective. If the court decides that we should pay, then we'll be happy to pay."
In the end, the negotiations ended badly on both sides.
Finally, the head nurse comforted her, "The director has already inquired our hospital's legal team, we won't be paying a lot in compensation anyways even if we were forced to. The patient's family members clearly wanted more money than they could get, and we won't back down. Don't worry."
"Head Nurse, I should resign. Tell the director to fire me, and then let the patient come after me and sue me instead. I don't want to burden the hospital," Huo Mian calmly said.
The First Hospital was a century-old hospital with a great reputation, and over the years, it had gained a lot of trust among local civilians.
Huo Mian didn't want to cause a bigger scene and ruin the hospital's reputation because of this.