Surgeon who ‘mutilated’ 30 patients in botched nose jobs claims it’s their fault
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A plastic surgeon has claimed it's his patient's fault that they are disfigured after at least 30 of them accused him of mutilating their face in botched nose jobs.
Alan Landecker has been accused of "butchering" his patients and leaving them with rotten open wounds in Brazil.
His former patients claim he has used "unethical practice" and said they've spent thousands of pounds for their face to look "deformed", reports local media outlet G1.
The doctor is being investigated by the police and the Regional Medicine Board of the State of Sao Paulo, following the claims.
It has been reported that some of his former patients have still not been discharged from hospital two years after going under the knife – because they are still undergoing treatment following the operations.
One of his former patients, named as lawyer Marilia Frank, said: "I had the surgery in May this year and, when he took off the last dressing, he saw that the cartilage was rotten. My nose was broken, I was all crooked and he sent me home to take painkillers.
"It was my infectious disease specialist who convinced him about a second operation, but he didn't remove all the dead tissue and the infection took over my face."
She added: "I want justice. He screwed me up for two months and the impression is that he was profiting from the infection."
Another patient said he has so far spent £40,000 and was left needing three other surgeries and antibiotics after visiting the doctor.
Veraldino de Freitas Junior, 35, said "Post-op, the swelling on my nose did not go down. As the days went by, it started to stink, with people around me noticing the unbearable odour, until on the 15th day a wound opened."
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Paula Oliveira, 38, another patient, told the news portal that she had completely lost her sense of smell.
"I consciously chose to invest BRL 50,000 (GBP 6,600) in the best specialist, who wouldn't give me any problems later, but he returned a worse nose and it halted my life," she said.
And a 39-year-old businesswoman, who preferred to remain anonymous, said she has been left with a hole in her septum and has accused the doctor of illegal practice.
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"I found out that he operates without an assistant doctor, even though we pay for one, " she said.
"Another thing is the medical record – when access is not denied, there is forged or omitted information."
But the doctor has denied the accusations and said through a letter signed by his lawyers Daniel Bialski and Fernando Lottenberg that it is the patients who are at fault for not following guidelines.
The letter says: "Dr Alan Landecker vehemently repudiates the allegations made."
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According to the letter, Dr Landecker has performed more than 4,000 surgeries over the past 20 years and postoperative complications were rare – corresponding to only 0.5% among his patients.
It continued: "The professional's decency, honesty and competence will be demonstrated through examinations and documents, with undeniable proof that he did not commit any fault or error in any sphere.
"The charges and attacks on Dr Landecker's honour, religion and reputation, on social networks, are the subject of legal representation, criminal and civil actions and their perpetrators will be duly held responsible."
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