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HUSBAND AND WIFE PARALYSED BY BOOTLEG BOTOX JAB.

Byline: ANTHONY HARWOOD US Editor in New York

A HUSBAND and wife have been left virtually paralysed after being injected with a black-market version of Botox.

Eric and Bonnie Kaplan almost died after a dodgy doctor administered a bootleg dose two thousand times stronger than the legal anti-wrinkle jab.

Now Eric, 52, and 53-year-old Bonnie - who just wanted to smooth out a few lines on their forehead before going on holiday - are under round-the-clock care in hospital after being crippled by botulism.

Bonnie, who uses a child's magnetic drawing board to communicate, scrawled: "I didn't deserve this." Eric, from Palm Beach Florida, added: "We thought there was no risk. We wanted to turn back the clock and ended up pushing the fast-forward button." The doctor who injected them, Bach McComb, is also paralysed having injected himself and girlfriend Alma Hall, 34, with the same batch.

Alma is only able to move her fingertips. Her sister Lisa Robinson said: "It's like she's screaming inside - but she can't move and she's terrified."

McComb was banned from practising last year for writing illegal painkiller prescriptions after five of his patients died of overdoses.

Now he and two other doctors who set up a company called Toxin Research International face up to 20 years' jail.

They are charged with fraud and misbranding drugs intended only for research.

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HAPPY: Before injection; DEVASTATED: Bonnie and Eric in hospital after illegal anti-wrinkle jab ruined their lives; ACCUSED: McComb and Bonnie's note
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2005
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