Vietnamese patient hospitalized after treatment at Chinese clinic

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A female patient was rushed to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday evening following blood loss shortly after undergoing hemorrhoid surgery at a Chinese medical clinic, which had recently lost its license for malpractice.

Nguyen Thi Lan, 28, of Binh Phuoc Province was admitted to the Cho Ray hospital dizzy and with low blood pressure and blood loss.

According to Lan's family, she was taken to a Chinese clinic named Hue Ha on Ly Thuong Kiet Street in District 5 on Thursday morning after her husband watched an advertisement on TV saying the clinic can perform quick hemorrhoid surgery from which patients can recover in a day.

The clinic employees told Lan the surgery would cost her VND20 million. Upon seeing her hesitate to spend so much money on such a small surgery, they reduced the sum to VND12 million.

They also told her she would be given post-surgery monitoring for 20 years free of charge, and that she would be refunded if she did not get over the hemorrhoids.

Lan agreed to the treatment. After the surgery, she felt dizzy and her incision bled.

Her husband asked the clinic employees to bring her to hospital.

The three employees who accompanied the couple to the Cho Ray Hospital then gave back VND12 million to her, seized the receipt and other papers proving that Lan had performed surgery at the Hue Ha clinic, and left.

Some nurses at the hospital took photos of the papers before the employees seized them.


After examining Lan, doctors at the Cho Ray Hospital said her hemorrhoids were not critical enough to perform surgery.

The Hue Ha clinic registered with the HCMC Health Department as a clinic using  traditional Chinese medicine and methods for treatment.

The department had revoked the clinic's license during an inspection last week after finding various violations at the clinic, but the clinic still opened and received patients.

Violations at the Hue Ha clinic included the use of undocumented medicines, employing unqualified staff, broadcasting false advertisements and performing procedures not registered with the Health Department.

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