Two Chinese doctors have been dismissed after putting a steel plate in an 84-year-old patient's healthy leg, China's central CCTV television has said.
The case happened in central China's Hubei province, in the Tongcheng hospital of traditional medicine.
The patient, one Zhao Rongbin, was in hospital after fracturing his leg. He will now need an operation to remove the steel plate and to fix his other leg.
The family has complained to Chinese health authorities.