Unqualified surgeons at a private beauty clinic lost a curved needle inside a young client’s eye for seven hours before a real doctor managed to retrieve it.
The patient, surnamed Yang, 24, had gone to the clinic – which has yet to be named due to legal reasons – for double eyelid surgery together with his girlfriend.
According to reports, the facility in Dalian in China’s north-eastern Liaoning Province had successfully done the procedure on his girlfriend, giving him confidence to undergo the surgery himself.
However, during the procedure on 12th March, the surgeons, who according to local reports were unlicensed and unqualified, reportedly lost the curved suturing needle in Yang’s left eye when it snapped and ended up behind his eyeball.
However, instead of immediately taking Yang to hospital, the surgeons decided to look for the 0.4-inch needle themselves – and dug around inside his eye socket for seven hours without success.
The medic managed to retrieve the needle, which is believed to have snapped after a surgeon banged it against his eye socket during the double eyelid operation.
In the end, they were forced to transfer Yang to Dalian’s Third People’s Hospital, where ophthalmologist Liu Yan took over his case.
Doctor Liu said she found the needle stuck on his upper eye socket after separating his flesh from the bone.
She believes the needle disappeared further into Yang’s skull as his muscles contracted – and because the unqualified surgeons were unfamiliar with the structure of the human eye.
It is unclear whether Yang, who arrived with a heavily swollen eye because of the seven hours of fumbling, will make a full recovery.
The private clinic is expected to be fined and shut by regulators.