SA doc slammed for boob jobs

2012-04-10 09:38
Cape Town - Three British women are seeking compensation from a South African plastic surgeon after their breast implants went horribly wrong.

The surgeon, Dr Winston Shaer, performed breast implants on the women while he was in the UK, using the controversial PIP implants that have been found to contain industrial silicone and have caused ruptured implants, pain and discomfort in many women, the Sunday Times reported.

Two of the three women had to have surgery after their implants ruptured and are seeking compensation for their pain and suffering.

An estimated 47 000 women have had PIP implants and in South Africa, 15 local plastic surgeons have used them.

Dr Shaer has since moved to Cape Town, and says that while he is distressed about their plight, he will not pay compensation.

"The surgical procedures were performed by a large number of surgeons, me included, who had no reason to believe that these implants were anything other than ethically manufactured, well researched and adequately licensed products. The implants looked and felt perfect. The clinical results in my hands were
excellent," he told the Sunday Times.

The company making the PIP implants has since gone bust and its owner is facing legal action.  

A local medical expert said Dr Shaer could not be held liable for using PIP implants.

Patients in the UK have joined a class action suit against surgeons and clinics in the UK.
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