Police Identify Chinese Medic Behind Botched Surgery

Police in Pursat province on Wednesday identified one of two Chinese medics who remain at large after fleeing their unlicensed clinic when a local woman died Monday during a botched operation to remove a cyst from her ovaries.

To Taing Eng, chief of the provincial police’s technical and scientific bureau, identified one of the suspects as 52-year-old Wang Zhan Zhu, a Chinese national, and said that an unknown assistant was also wanted by police.

“We are looking to arrest them for their involvement in the surgery that led to the woman’s death,” he said.

Soeng Chan Thoeun, 33, died at the clinic in Pursat City’s Phteah Prey commune on Monday evening as Mr. Wang attempted to remove the cyst. The clinic was closed down by local authorities weeks before the botched surgery, but had been reopened without their knowledge.

Dr. Sok Srun, director of the Health Ministry’s department of hospital services, said Wednesday that Mr. Wang was not licensed as a doctor in Cambodia and that his ministry had previously been unaware of any unauthorized clinics in Pursat province.

“This is the mistake of provincial health department and the provincial police officials, who are careless,” he said.

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