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Park Si YeonActress Park Si Yeon had a good reason to be taking the drugpropofol, said her doctor in the fifth hearing of the case. The actresswas using the drug as prescribed, said Dr. Ahn, not abusing it. And shewas taking it for a valid reason.
Ahn was one of three doctors accused of improperly prescribing thedrug for actresses Lee Seung Yeon, Park Si Yeon and Jang Mi In Ae. Heand two other witnesses gave testimony during this hearing, which tookplace on May 20.
According to the doctor, Park Si Yeon took the drug to cope with thepain she suffers due to avascular necrosis, a condition, in which thebone tissue dies from lack of blood. Normally bone breaks down andrebuilds but with this condition, the tissues in her hip are breakingdown faster than they can be repaired.
The painful condition can be caused by an injury but is alsoassociated with diseases such as Lupus. Treatments vary from hipreplacement to physical therapy. Patients usually take medication forthe pain.
The actress dates the pain back to an injury she received in 2006while filming the movie "Marine Boy" and another injury she sustainedwhile filming "Dachimawa Lee." Although she was treated for herinjuries, the pain did not go away. The actress was in so much pain thatshe was limping. No one could figure out why. She had to visit dozensof hospitals before she received a diagnosis in 2009 and that resultedin her leaving the SBS show "Family Outing."
Propofol helped relieve the pain. But using the drug remainscontroversial as it has been abused for its side effects and its abusewas implicated in the death of superstar Michael Jackson.
"Park Si Yeon did not receive any treatment at the hospital otherthan pain treatment," said Dr. Ahn. "The receipts match up. I lied when Itold prosecution she was dependent on the drug. I am very sorry towardPark Si Yeon."
His apology may do more harm than good. The fact that Ahn lied to theprosecution does not make his current statement seem credible. Nor didhe explain why he lied to the prosecution. His original statement, whichhe now says is a lie, helped the prosecution charge her with abusingthe drug, which they said she used 185 times from February 2011 toDecember 2012.
Park Si Yeon, whose career began when she entered the Miss KoreaPageant in 2000, has appeared in the dramas, "My Girl," "Coffee House"and "Innocent Man." All three networks are waiting for the outcome ofthis case before deciding whether to ban her from appearing in theirshows.