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Plastic surgeon suspended for ‘hiding patient's body'

Update: October, 24/2013 - 09:42
Part of Giai Phong Street where many cosmestic surgery centres are located in Ha Noi. Cat Tuong Centre is owned by surgeon Nguyen Manh Tuong, who alledgedly threw away the body of a breast surgery patient after she died during the procedure. — Photo Baomoi.com

HA NOI  (VNS) — A doctor who allegedly threw his patient's body into the Hong (Red) River after a botched breast operation has been suspended from duty at Ha Noi-based Bach Mai Hospital, following his arrest on Tuesday.

Nguyen Manh Tuong, 40, was working at his own Cat Tuong cosmetic surgery centre on Saturday, when the patient died on the operating table from complications during breast surgery.

Tuong allegedly carried the woman to his car, before disposing of the body at midnight. He then went to work at Bach Mai hospital on Monday as normal.

Deputy Director of the hospital Do Doan Loi said the suspension was an inevitable step after authorities launched a formal investigation into the case.

"Everyone at the hospital was in terrible shock after hearing the news about Tuong on Tuesday," Loi said.

The hospital board management had been unaware that Tuong ran the private cosmetic surgery centre outside of his hospital duties, he added.

According to Loi, Tuong had completed a training course in orthopaedics at hospital, but was not specialised in cosmetic surgery.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen sent her condolences to the patient's family yesterday afternoon and issued a public apology for such a serious incident in health service. The ministry and Bach Mai Hospital were ready to co-operate with agencies investigating the case.

Tuong, who graduated from Ha Noi Medical University in 1999, moved to Bach Mai Hospital in 2006. He had not previously violated any regulations during his seven-year tenure at the hospital.

In a related move, the Ministry of Health ordered People's Committees across the country to tighten inspections on cosmetic surgery centres. — VNS


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