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Hong Kong brain surgeon drills hole in wrong side of patient’s head: Report

HONG KONG – A doctor at a Hong Kong public hospital performed surgery on the wrong side of an 86-year-old man’s skull – the second brain surgery blunder in the city in just four months, South China Morning Post reported on Friday (July 14). The surgeon opened the right side of the patient’s head rather than the left side during the botched surgery to remove blood clots on Wednesday, the report said. He realised his blunder upon discovering few clots after opening a thick part of the membrane outside theRead More

19-year-old girl set to be Malaysia’s youngest doctor

A 19-year-old Malaysian girl, Chan Hao Shan, is set to become the country’s youngest doctor when she graduates next year from Taylor’s University, a private university in Subang Jaya, Selangor. The undergraduate who is taking her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) said that her interest in medicine started after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was eight years old, reports Coconuts KL and The Sun Daily. She said: “I was curious about the human body and its functions. For example, what really happens in a person’sRead More

Doctor who told patient health screening results were normal when they were not fined $10,000

SINGAPORE – A doctor who wrongly told a patient – later diagnosed with colorectal cancer – that his medical results were good, has pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to exercise due care in managing the patient. In the grounds of decision released by the Disciplinary Tribunal in April, Dr Fernandes Mark Lee was charged with failing to accurately communicate test results of the patient’s health screening. He was censured and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000, the Singapore Medical Council said in a statement on Monday (JuneRead More

India convicts police, doctors in gangrape case during Gujarat riots when Modi was chief

MUMBAI (AFP) – An Indian court on Thursday (May 4) convicted five police officers and two doctors of tampering with evidence in the gang rape of a pregnant woman and the murder of her family during one of the worst incidents of religious unrest since independence. Ms Bilkis Bano was gang raped and seven of her relatives were killed during religious riots that broke out in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. At least 2,000 Muslims were hacked, beaten, shot or burnt to death in the violence, which eruptedRead More