QueenflushingRecently, an unlicensedSugarAn acupuncturist has been accused of damaging a patient’s lungs after treating him for a year. If found guilty, he could face up to 25 years in prison.
The unlicensed acupuncturist is 66-year-old Chinese-American Yong De Lin (transliteration), a physician at C&W Medical Center (C&W Medical), 38-08 Yulian Street, Flushing. According to the allegations, on May 10 last year, 63-year-old Shujuan Jiang went to C&W Medical Center for treatment of stomach and back pain and was introduced to Lin Yongde. A few days later, on May 16, Jiang went to Shujuan Medical Center and received acupuncture treatment on her stomach and back by Lin Yongde.
Later, between May 18 and October 28, Jiang Shujuan received 16 acupuncture treatments from Lin Yongde. During the last treatment, Jiang Shujuan felt unwell soon after the treatment started, and Lin Yongde performed additional acupuncture and cupping on him and sent him home.
But on the way home, Jiang Shujuan collapsed on the sidewalk due to difficulty breathing. After being taken to the hospital, she was diagnosed with lung failure caused by the acupuncture treatment. In order to save her life, doctors immediately performed surgery, and Jiang Shujuan stayed in the hospital for six days.
According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Lin was an unlicensed acupuncturist and had never applied for the required New York state license. Lin Yongde appeared in court at the Queens Supreme Court on the 18th and faced four charges, including first- and second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, and unauthorized practice of law. He will appear in court again on the 20th. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said a doctor’s license and qualifications can be the difference between life and death for a patient. “The defendant was unlicensed, didn’t even bother to apply for a license, and almost killed his patient.” He said…we urge other victims to come forward.
So she encourages anyone treated with acupuncture by Yongde Lam at C&W Medical Center to contact her office’s Elder Fraud Unit at (718) 286-6578.