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Final verdict in case Emirati left in coma


DUBAI – Dubai’s top court has issued a final verdict in the case of a botched nose job that left an Emirati woman in a coma.

The Dubai Cassation Court on Monday (September 28) upheld a previous sentence of one year in jail for two doctors and a technician involved in the botched nose job. The trio were found guilty of medical malpractice.

The 59-year-old surgeon from Dominican Republic and his Syrian colleagues, a 65-year-old anaesthetist and a 69-year-old technician, will be deported after serving their jail terms.

They were also ordered to pay Dh51,000 in temporary compensation to the victim, 25-year-old Rawdha Abdullah Al Maeeni. The medical centre where they work was fined Dh300,000.

Al Maeeni suffered a cardiac arrest in the operating room while undergoing nose surgery in a Dubai cosmetic surgery centre in April 2019. She then fell into a coma.

A final medical report by a committee at the Dubai Health Authority confirmed that the medics committed a serious medical mistake that resulted in the victim’s multiple disabilities.

Al Maeeni’s lawyer said the family will also file a separate civil case against the doctors. They have yet to determine the amount of compensation they will seek.

Meanwhile, Al Maeeni is at a hospital in Chicago for long-term treatment. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has offered to pay for her medical expenses in the US. ICA/Expat Media

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