A DOCTOR performed an abortion on the wrong woman as staff failed to check her identity.
The woman, who was six weeks pregnant, arrived at the clinic in Seoul, South Korea, expecting a boost of nutritional supplements on August 7.
The woman, from Vietnam, had just been told she was pregnant on the day she went to the clinic, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Her doctor prescribed her with a nutritional injection, and was expecting to receive it in the delivery room of the clinic.
But hospital staff apparently mixed up her records, so she was injected with anaesthesia as they did not even confirm her identity.
Believing it was the right injection she was receiving the patient, from Vietnam, did not comment, as the doctor performed the abortion.
It has not been confirmed what type of abortion she received but it is thought to have been surgical, as she was given anaesthetic.
The following day, the woman returned to the hospital, complaining of bloody discharge.
She was then told her baby had been aborted.
The Gangseo Police Station have confirmed the doctor and nurse are under investigation, on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in injury.
A spokesman said: "The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault."
Abortion is currently illegal in South Korea, which are set to change on December 31 2020.
Women who have abortions can be fined and taken to prison.
Doctors who perform the procedure can also face jail, but will be exempt if the procedures are carried out for pregnancies as a result of rape or incest, of if the pregnancy is threatening a mother's life.
Around 50,000 abortions were carried out in South Korea last year, its Health Ministry reported.
But it could be as high as one million.
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