How doctor performed abortion on ‘wrong woman’ in S.Korea

How doctor performed abortion on 'wrong woman' in S.Korea

Police in South Korea are investigating after a doctor who performed an abortion on the wrong woman.

CNN reports that the woman was 6 weeks pregnant and the doctor failed to check her identity and a mix up in medical charts.

“The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault,” a police official said.

The doctor and nurse involved are being accused of negligence resulting in bodily harm.

The case will be sent to the country’s prosecuting office.

CNN reports the patient was to receive a nutritional shot but instead, the nurse allegedly injected her with anesthesia.

The doctor performed the abortion without confirming her identity and the patient was unaware of the procedure, the report adds.

Abortion was legalised in South Korea in April this year and constitutional court ruled that lawmakers revise existing laws by December 31, 2020.

The practice however remains illegal and with a punishment of up to one year in jail.

However, cases of hereditary disease, rape, incest or fetus threatening life of the mother are an exception to the rule.

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