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Patient can't pay surgery bill, doc removes stitches

A doctor removed the stitches he had just sewn on the hand of a man as the patient could not afford the surgery.

world Updated: Aug 08, 2011 15:02 IST

A doctor in China's Hubei province removed the stitches he had just sewn on the hand of a man as the patient could not afford the surgery.

Twenty-year-old Zeng said he injured his two fingers when he was washing dishes in a restaurant in Wuhan city Aug 5.

He was taken to a hospital where a doctor stitched the gash.

Another doctor told Zeng's colleague Wu to pay the 1,830 yuan bill. Wu only had 1,000 yuan, Shanghai Daily cited Modern Times as reporting.

Wu said the doctor insisted that they must pay the entire bill.

"Pay the bill or remove the stitches," he quoted the doctor as saying.

Finally, Zeng had to let the doctor remove the stitches that had just been sewn on his wounded fingers without anaesthetics.

Zeng was taken to another hospital where the surgery cost 800 yuan.

The hospital said the doctor has been suspended. It has also apologised to the patient.