Chinese woman wins breast implant lawsuit
Updated: 2006-05-31 11:47
A Chinese woman who sued a cosmetic clinic in southern China's Guangdong
Province for using a banned toxic gel for her breast implant has been granted
36,000 yuan (about $4,497) in compensation after a court found the clinic at
fault, local media reported Tuesday.
food and drug administration banned the use of PAAG for breast implant.
woman, surnamed Xu, visited the Huamei Cosmetic Clinic in the provincial capital
Guangzhou in May last year for an injection of PAAG, or hydrophilic
polyacrylamide gel. Side effects including pain, lumps and inflammation in the
breast tissue appeared shortly afterward and surgery to remove the gel failed.
The court ruled that Huamei had used an unapproved product that caused injury
to Xu, who was granted compensation for surgery costs, medical inspection fees
and psychological suffering, the report said.
China's food and drug administration last month banned the use of PAAG.
It is the first PAAG lawsuit launched in Guangzhou. In Shenzhen, also in
Guangdong Province, a cosmetic surgery hospital is facing a similar lawsuit from
a patient seeking 210,000 yuan in compensation.
The Shenzhen hospital was shut down by government last Tuesday after several
Hong Kong reporters covering the lawsuit were allegedly attacked by hospital