I didn't consent to this

SHE had simply wanted to get rid of a scar on her left ear lobe. Instead, her surgeon ended up slicing off part of her ear.

Ms Phooi Sin Yee, an 18-year-old trainee beautician in Seremban, is now too ashamed to face people, especially customers at the beauty centre where she is being trained, New Straits Times reported.

She first got treatment for her ear in 2011, when it swelled from wearing an earring that didn't fit well, said her father, Mr Phooi Can Wah, 46.

She was treated in a private hospital and the ear lobe healed. In April, Ms Phooi had to see a doctor again, after a keloid scar appeared on the same ear.

Mr Phooi said: "I took her to another private hospital and the specialist there told us that she had to wear a button-like device to remove the scar."

Removed

"However, an hour later, the specialist said my daughter's ear could not be fitted with the button, and that the doctor had removed part of Sin Yee's ear lobe to remove the keloid without informing me."

Mr Phooi said he was disappointed over the decision to remove part of the ear lobe. The doctor later offered to refer Ms Phooi to a plastic surgeon in Malacca.

"I am perplexed that someone else had signed the authorisation letter for the surgery on my daughter who was not even 18 at that time," Mr Phooi said.

Their lawyer had sent a letter to the hospital asking for a full report of the incident.

"After getting the report and the details, I will discuss with my client on what action we can take against the doctor," the lawyer said.


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