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US fireman gets "Bruce Willis look" in India


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Sunday January 28, 2007

New Delhi- A US firefighter has undergone plastic surgery at a speciality hospital in India to look like Hollywood celebrity Bruce Willis, a newspaper reported Sunday. John Joseph Conway, a 43-year-old fireman from Chicago had checked into the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi with a photograph of his hero, Willis, star of the Die Hard action movie series.

"I am a firefighter. I need to look the part. I wanted to improve my jawline. Bruce Willis has a nice, strong jaw," he told the Hindustan Times daily after the surgery.

Vivek Kumar, part of the medical team which operated on Conway on Thursday said doctors studied his face for three days to give him the look he wanted.

"After he contacted us on email, he said that as a man who jumps into burning buildings, people in the community look upto him and he needed to maintain his macho image," Kumar was quoted by the paper as saying.

Conway, who spent 1,600 dollars on three-hour-long surgery, said he was satisfied with the surgery. He now plans to bring his 63-year-old mother for a 1,500 dollar-face-lift, as well as his sister for surgery.

The three would spend 4,600 dollars for the medical procedures, post-operative care and hospital stay, approximately one-tenth the amount they would have to pay in the US.

The Conways are among the growing number of 'medical tourists' who are visiting the South Asian country for treatment that is not only cheap but comparable to the best in the world.

India is considered the leading destination for medical tourists, according to new market research. Medical tourism in India is growing by 30 per cent a year, studies say. It is estimated at 320 million dollars currently and is expected to top 2 billion dollars by 2012.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency