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Jail for operating illegal medical clinic

A 39-year-old hairdresser, whose cosmetic skills were learnt in a beauty parlor over one week, was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in jail with probation and fined 2,000 yuan (US$322.6) by Huangpu District People’s Court for running an illegal medical practice.

Huang Ming blinded an eye of a 20-year-old woman who went to his underground clinic in April for a cheap cosmetic injection. The collagen Huang bought from Guangzhou to use in the injection was fake. He told prosecutors it cost 280 yuan per dose and he charged 1,500 yuan, less than half the price in official hospitals and clinics.

Huang, a Jiangsu Province native, decided to learn cosmetic skills after he found that women were willing to pay for facelifts when he worked in a barber’s shop in Shanghai. He went to Guangzhou to learn the skills in a beauty parlor in October last year and returned after one week and opened his unlicensed clinic at his dilapidated flat on Nanjing Road W.

In April a woman surnamed Liu went to Huang’s clinic. She wanted to reshape her nose and Huang said Liu needed two injections of collagen costing 3,000 yuan. Liu agreed to the procedure as the price was cheaper than that charged at hospitals and clinics.

When Huang injected collagen into her nose, Liu felt a strong pain in her head and nose. Though Huang tried to squeeze out the injected collagen, Liu said she lost vision in one eye.

Liu was sent to a nearby hospital, which said the injection blocked blood vessels around her left eye and she has a slim chance to regain her vision.

Liu sued Huang, who agreed to pay the 14,000 yuan medical cost and compensate her 480,000 yuan.


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