HYDERABAD: The Madhapur police on Tuesday arrested two doctors for a faulty laser treatment on an NRI following a complaint from the victim’s mother. The victim, V Chandana Reddy (35) from Chicago in the US, had approached Reshape, a non-surgical slimming and cosmetic clinic, at Madhapur on June 18.
During the first sitting on the same day, Chandana underwent laser treatment for hair removal on her face. “Dr Konda Reddy started the treatment and, an hour later, she was left with scars, severe burns and blackish blue dark patches on her face. He applied some cream and even after a few hours, the burns did not subside following which the clinic chairman, Dr Kiran Kumar, took her to a nearby private hospital. Chandana is undergoing treatment and her mother lodged a complaint with us,” said Sreenivas Rao, investigating officer.
Chandana’s parents, who live at Ayyappa Society in Madhapur, told the police that she had come to the city to visit them and that she had gone to the clinic for laser treatment for facial hair removal. She was scheduled to have two more sittings as part of the treatment that costs Rs 18,000. A case under Section 337 of IPC for negligence during medical treatment was registered against the two doctors. The clinic has two other centres, one at Madinaguda and another at Dilsukhnagar.
The victim, explaining the incident, said that she had undergone the treatment twice before in 2008 and 2010 in the city. “It is a very basic treatment and I went there after I read about them on the website. It said they had three branches in Hyderabad, one in Guntur and one in Vijayawada. The staff said it is an FDA-approved clinic and only certified doctors would give the treatment. I never thought it would go this way.”
Further, she pointed out, the doctors tried to send her away home without acknowledging the damage they had done. “’He said ‘I am the doctor and I know. Go home and come back tomorrow’ but I knew that if I had gone home, they would put the blame squarely on me,” she said. She also alleged that the FIR was registered by Madhapur police only after two days.
Chandana, a homemaker, has been living with her husband in Chicago for 12 years and keeps visiting the city regularly. “From Kiran Kumar, I came to know that Konda Reddy has joined the clinic just a couple of days ago. They themselves had no clue about his credentials,” she alleged.