Mark C., Washington, United States

Kameda Medical Center, Kamogawa, Japan

My fever broke at 6:00 on a dark December evening, so I decided to take a shower. In the mirror, I saw that I had spots all over my body and that the whites of my eyes were blood red. I had visited the big hospital in Tokyo earlier in the week, where I was told that I had the flu and that the boil on my leg was coincidental, and was simply prescribed some antibiotic cream.

Now, the fever and shaking had come back. My wife drove me to the Emergency and Trauma Center at Kameda Medical Center, where my temperature was taken within minutes of arrival, and I was quickly moved to an examination room. A resident told me that I was dehydrated and started an IV. Less than an hour later, another doctor came in and introduced himself in perfect English. It took him less than ten seconds to make the diagnosis: “Tsutsuga mushi Byo.” I had never heard of it, which is not surprising, as it is a rare tropical disease. His prognosis: if I had waited another day, I would have died.

My doctor turned out to be a US board-certified physician, with a specialty in infectious diseases. Kameda is the only hospital in Japan with JCI accreditation, requiring the resident to call in a specialist. My full recovery took the better part of a year, but I survived, thanks to KMC and its well-trained staff. During my stay, I was very impressed by my beautifully appointed private room overlooking a tropical beach, and by the excellent restaurant (with some of the best wines I have found in Japan). My experience at Kameda was nothing short of fantastic—and they saved my life to boot!

My experience at Kameda was nothing short of fantastic—and they saved my life to boot!

Last updated on 26 June 2011