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Doctor suspended over surgery mix-up

Officials from Shanghai East Hospital have acted swiftly after a botched operation.

The doctor in question has been suspended from duty for three months and his department director has been fined for poor administration in the wake of the scandal.

The patient at the center of last week's medical mix-up had free surgery at the hospital yesterday.

The doctor, identified as Ji of the endoscopic department, took a biopsy from the 65-year-old patient, Cao Longbao, after having him anesthetized but neglected to remove colon polyps, the whole point of the operation.

"Hospital leaders were alerted by the report and went to comfort and arrange a good solution for him immediately," Li Xin, a hospital official, said yesterday.

"It is not a medical accident but a malpractice in our work. All hospital officials and department directors were called for a meeting to draw a lesson from the event."

Hospital officials said yesterday's surgery was done by the director of endoscopic department and was successful.

Both the patient and his family expressed satisfaction with the surgery.

Hospital officials said Ji failed to carefully read the document about Cao and only carried out a biopsy instead of removing the polyps.

"I went all weak at the knees and my wife fainted on learning that I didn't undergo any operation," Cao said.


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