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Scarred student sues hospital

A DOCTOR at Shanghai BK Major Young Plastic Surgery Hospital, who is said to have left a scar on the face of a 24-year-old student after a skin treatment in April, was not certified as a medical practitioner, Changning District Health Supervision Agency confirmed yesterday.

Li Dandan, who graduates this June, went to have cosmetic treatment at the hospital in 2007 in order to make herself more attractive for job interviews.

"Frankly speaking, the first several operations did help me in improving my appearance. So I trusted them and agreed to take more operations. All the operations cost me 20,600 yuan (US$3,020)," she said.

However, a black mark appeared on her left cheek after a laser skin treatment last September. She contacted the hospital and was told it was a small problem that would be cured within a month. But further treatment to the mark this April caused Li to feel a lot of pain and she said she was left with a scar on her face.

Li went to other hospitals to see if they could help but, she says, they would do nothing without her case history.

"I had no choice but to go back to BK Major Young Plastic Surgery Hospital to ask for my records. To my surprise, they refused and told me that they did not even have a record of my operation," she said.

Li said she was now reluctant to leave home, never mind attend job interviews. "I can do nothing but cry at home," she said.

Li decided to sue the doctor and the hospital. During the investigation with her lawyer, Li said she found that the female doctor who operated on her in April did not have a medical practitioner's certificate.

The health supervision agency has ordered the hospital to rectify their mistake.

"The hospital should take the responsibility. We will ask them to return the operation fee and compensate for Li's mental injury," Yao Jianguo, Li's lawyer said.

The plastic surgery hospital said it was cooperating with the authorities. It said the scar on Li's face may just be skin pigmentation and would disappear within three to six months. The hospital said it would find an expert to cure the problem for Li if she agreed.


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