Bride’s nose job goes wrong; groom breaks off engagement

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DUBAI: A man broke off the engagement after cosmetic surgery of his would-be wife went horribly wrong.

Arab News reported that the woman’s nose job went wrong and leaving her with disfigured facial features. The Arab woman has sued the Dubai-based polyclinic and surgeon and demanded $111,000 in compensation for physical, emotional, moral, and financial damage.

In 2020, the complainant visited the polyclinic in the Umm Suqeim area seeking minor plastic surgery where the surgeon treated her with a Botox injection and a small filler to reduce the size of her nose.

A day later she revisited the clinic complaining of a swollen nose and headache. The surgeon told her to treat the problem with ice. As her pain increased and the swelling worsened, she returned to the polyclinic where the same doctor gave her two injections, painkillers, and an ointment to treat the wrinkling and black lesions on her face.

Several weeks later, the surgeon called the woman into the clinic to meet with another surgeon, who cleaned the injection spot, which had turned into a scab and treated it with ointment and a bandage.

Court records obtained by Arab News said the fiancee felt ill while heading back home in a taxi and suffered severe bleeding before the driver took her to the nearest government hospital.

In 2021, after a medical report confirmed that she had been subject to malpractice, the woman filed a complaint against the polyclinic and the surgeon before the Dubai Public Prosecution.

Prosecutors commissioned a committee of health experts from the Dubai Healthcare Authority to examine the case. The committee decided that the surgeon committed medical malpractice and was accountable for causing a 10 percent permanent disability to the complainant’s nose that, according to documents, became disfigured.

According to the committee’s findings, the surgeon was unfamiliar with certain technicalities that any doctor with the same speciality would be expected to understand.

The health experts committee also deemed the polyclinic liable since it permitted the “incompetent surgeon” to treat the Arab woman and cause her a permanent disfigurement.

In her civil lawsuit before the court, the plaintiff said her fiance ended their engagement after her face was disfigured, and she later suffered a mental and emotional breakdown, quit her job, and lost hope that she would ever marry.

In December, the primary court ruled against the defendants and ordered them to pay $14,000 in compensation.

The claimant appealed the primary verdict before the Appellate Court that upheld the previous judgment in April.

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