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The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday threw out a range of lower court rulings against six medical professionals in a case in which two patients underwent surgical operations intended for the other. The court then slapped the six with fines.

The six — two surgeons, two anesthetists and two nurses at Yokohama City University Hospital at the time of the January 1999 mishap — were accused of professional negligence resulting in injury for conducting a heart operation on an 84-year-old lung disease patient and removing part of the lung of a 74-year-old male patient with a heart problem.

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