Fake acupuncturist banned after puncturing patient's lung

Doctors' notes say she was lucky the injury wasn't fatal, reveals HCCC investigation

This story has been corrected: see footnote below

A woman working as an unregistered 'acupuncturist' in a shopping centre caused a left-sided pneumothorax after placing needles near her patient’s collarbone while treating her for a headache, says the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).

The patient was admitted to hospital with a left apical pneumothorax after presenting in ED with shortness of breath around 30 minutes after the acupuncture treatment.