Lebanese plastic surgeon attacks president of plastic surgery society on board flight to Dubai

Nader Saab performing cosmetic surgery in Lebanon. (AFP)
Updated 11 March 2018

Lebanese plastic surgeon attacks president of plastic surgery society on board flight to Dubai

DUBAI: A Lebanese plastic surgeon attacked the president of the Lebanese Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery aboard a flight from Beirut to Dubai on Saturday, national news channel LBC reported.
Famous cosmetic surgeon, Nader Saab, physically and verbally attacked Dr. Elie Abdelhak over a report submitted by the society based on the death of one of Saab’s patients.
According to witnesses aboard the flight who spoke to local media, “Saab screamed in the face of Abdulhak, insulted, and beat him, while Abdulhak did not react before Saab returned to his place.”
Abdulhak spoke to Lebanese daily An-Nahar saying: “After the flight attendant handed out breakfast, Saab came and told me: ‘I thank you for the report you made about the death of Al-Qassab,’ to which I replied, ‘I simply did my duty as president of the surgery and beauty association and that’s what I know.’”
“Afterwards, Saab told me ‘I will show you what I will do’ and proceeded to punch me twice in the face. I kept calm in order not to make matters worse and told him to go back to his place,” the doctor added.
Afterwards, Saab issued a statement saying that Abdelhak first came forward and cursed him and his assistant.
Saab was charged with negligence after Farah Al-Qassab died while undergoing liposuction surgery in the cosmetic surgeon’s clinic.
It was not suggested in local reports whether or not the airline or crew got involved in the incident.


No cheating: Frenchwoman was world’s oldest person, researchers say

Updated 16 September 2019

No cheating: Frenchwoman was world’s oldest person, researchers say

  • Calment “remains the oldest human whose age is well-documented”

PARIS: Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died two decades ago aged 122, should retain the title of the oldest person on record, French researchers said Monday, rejecting claims of fraud.
Ageing specialists Jean-Marie Robine and Michel Allard, who declared Calment the longest-lived person in the 1990s, said their review of old and new data confirmed she “remains the oldest human whose age is well-documented.”
“Recently the claim that families Calment and Billot (her in-laws) organized a conspiracy concerning tax fraud based on identity fraud between mother and daughter gained international media attention,” Robine, Allard and two other researchers wrote in The Journals of Gerontology.
“Here, we reference the original components of the validation as well as additional documentation to address various claims of the conspiracy theory and provide evidence for why these claims are based on inaccurate facts,” they wrote.
Calment, who used to joke that God must have forgotten her, died in southern France in 1997, setting a longevity record that has been questioned.
Last December, Russian researchers Valery Novoselov and Nikolay Zak claimed in a report that Calment had actually died in 1934 and that her daughter Yvonne stole her identity to avoid paying inheritance tax.
According to their research, the woman who died in 1997 was Yvonne, not her mother, and at a young 99.
The Russian report was based on biographies, interviews and photos of Jeanne Calment, witness testimony, and public records of the city of Arles where she lived.
The new article insists Calment’s identity “has not been usurped,” according to a statement from the French research institute INSERM, where Robine works as research director.
The authors cross-checked the original data used to validate the centenarian’s identity with newly uncovered documents, to show “there was neither tax fraud nor falsification of Jeanne Calment’s identity” the article says.
The team also turned to mathematical modelling to counter arguments that her considerable age was impossible.
In every 10 million centenarians, one can reach the age of 123, they said, “a probability that is certainly small, but that is far from making Ms Calment a statistical impossibility.”
“All the documents uncovered contradict the Russian thesis,” Robine told AFP, as the team demanded a retraction from Zak and Novoselov.
Novoselov, however, insisted Monday that the original work verifying Calment’s identity and age “is full of flaws and mistakes,” while Zak said he found the new article “weak.”
Born on February 21, Calment became the biggest attraction of the southern French city of Arles since Vincent Van Gogh, who spent a year there in 1888.
She said she had met the artist when he came to her uncle’s store to buy paints, and remembered him as “ugly as sin” and having an “awful character.”
Calment used to talk of enjoying chocolate and port and would smoke an occasional cigarette before her health deteriorated.
INSERM said however that it could not “support any requests for exhumation” of Calment’s body, on which no autopsy was performed after her death.