Police are investigating the death of a 32-year-old woman who lost consciousness after undergoing a fat-reduction procedure at private clinic in Tsim Sha Tsui that specialized in hair transplants, SCMP reports.
The woman, a dance teacher named Lee Ka-ying, reportedly received the liposuction procedure on her back at Regrowth Hair Transplant Center on the seventh floor of a building on Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
She was rushed to Queen Elizabeth hospital around 3:30 p.m., shortly after complications emerged, and was declared dead around 5:00 p.m.
Police said the surgery was performed by 32-year-old Dr. Kwan Hua-chi. No arrests have yet been made and police are still investigating the crime along with the Health Department. It’s unknown whether the woman was given local, regional or general anesthetic.
The case is just the latest in a string of problematic operations carried out at private clinics and has prompted the government to tighten regulations there and at beauty salons.
The Post cited two tragedies involving deadly operations at beauty centers in recent years, including one woman who died after undergoing blood-transfusion therapy at a beauty clinic in 2012 and another who died following breast enlargement surgery at a gynecologist in 2010.
A Health Department working group has suggested a ban on high-risk medical procedures at such clinics without the department’s approval. Currently, procedures involving general anesthetic can be carried out anywhere.
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