The family of a Kiwi man who died after being tied down for 10 days in a psychiatric hospital are begging the Japanese Government to ban the practice.
Yesterday, Kelly Savage’s family helped launch a campaign against the increasing use of physical restraints in the country’s hospitals at a press conference in Tokyo.
They said Japan’s use of the practice was out of line with the rest of the world.
“It’s not going to bring Kelly back, but at least his death won’t be in vain,” said Kelly’s brother, Pat Savage.
Kelly, 27, died after being transferred to Yamato City Hospital on May 17, a week after suffering a heart attack and more than two weeks after he was hospitalised for mental health issues.
It had not been established what caused the heart attack, but doctors suspected deep vein thrombosis as a result of being restrained for up to 10 days continuously.