Doctor and Nurse perform abortion on wrong woman


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Nigeria’s News Publication firm, Vanguard, has reported the negligence of a doctor who performed an abortion on the wrong woman.

The Police are said to have launched an investigation on Monday regarding the incident that occurred on August 8.

According to CCN report, a pregnant patient with a 6-week-old foetus had gone to a clinic in district of Gangseo, in the country’s capital Seoul, according to the Gangseo police. At the clinic, a mix-up in medical charts and failure to check her identity led to the mistaken abortion.

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The doctor and nurse in charge are under investigation, and the case will soon be sent to the prosecutor’s office, police told CNN.

“The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault,” a police official said. They are now being accused of negligence resulting in bodily harm.

According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the patient who was supposed to receive a nutritional shot was allegedly injected with anaesthesia by the nurse who did not confirm her identity, and the doctor had performed the abortion without checking her identity either, Yonhap reported.

The patient had been unaware of the procedure, according to CNN report.

South Korea moved to legalise abortion in April this year, with the country’s constitutional court ruling that lawmakers must revise existing laws by December 31, 2020, the CNN report noted.

However, under existing laws, the practice remains illegal and is technically punishable by up to a year in prison. Exceptions are granted in cases where the parents have hereditary diseases, the pregnancy is due to rape or incest, or the foetus is threatening the life of the mother.

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