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Injury ruined job hopes

A LOCAL medical school graduate is seeking 40,000 yuan (US$6,000) compensation after his right eye was damaged in a freak accident during an internship, ruining his hopes of becoming a dental technician.

At a court hearing yesterday, Cao Minjie, a graduate of the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences, claimed the school, which organized his internship, and the Shanghai No. 9 People's Hospital should bear responsibility for his injury.

The retina in Cao's right eye was irreparably damaged in an accident at the Shanghai No. 9 People's Hospital. He now has little vision in his right eye, the Huangpu District People's Court heard.

On March 25, 2009, Cao was removing a layer from a porcelain tooth using a sand-blasting machine. The machine's sand tank lid sprung open, hitting Cao's right eye and cheekbone.

Cao had signed a employment agreement with the hospital and was set to work there after graduation.

But after his accident the hospital refused to hire Cao, claiming his disability prevented him from carrying out his duties.

"Their negligence has destroyed my son's future," Cao's mother told the court.

Both the school and the hospital deny responsibility.

The court attempted to mediate after the hearing. If this fails, it will deliver a verdict.


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