A woman died after undergoing a liposuction surgery at an unlicensed beauty salon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday.
The woman, identified as 23-year-old Coco Siew Zhi Shing, was planning to get a liposuction surgery on her arms in preparation for her 2021 wedding with her fiancé in South Africa. While browsing the internet, the deceased found the beauty salon and decided to get the procedure done.
On Saturday afternoon, Shing arrived at the clinic along with a friend. She was administered with anesthesia and taken for the surgery. Half an hour later, the woman’s friend noticed that the surgeon was facing some difficulty during the surgery.
She immediately called an ambulance. On the way to the hospital, the medical staff realized that Shing’s heart had stopped and attempted to revive her. However, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Speaking to World of Buzz, Shing’s brother said he rushed to the hospital after being notified about the incident by her friend. However, she had died by the time he arrived at the hospital. The unidentified brother went on to say that the person in charge of the beauty clinic came to the hospital almost three hours after the woman died and also confessed that they did not have the license to perform any liposuction procedure.
“Under our repeated questioning, the person in charge of the beauty salon revealed that they did not have an aesthetic clinic license. They were only operating under an ordinary beauty salon license and the doctor who performed the surgery on my sister did not have a professional aesthetic medical license,” he told the outlet.
He told China Press that the surgeon hadn’t admitted to her mistake and was yet to apologize.
A police case has been filed and the investigators are waiting for the autopsy results to determine the cause of death.
Malaysian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (MSPRS) issued a warning, asking people to do a background check before deciding to undergo the procedure.
“They may disguise themselves as ‘medical doctors’ or use fancy medical terms to entice their clients to do the procedures. They often offer a remarkably lower price compared to a licensed medical clinic/hospital. Higher complication rates and even death have been reported in these unlicensed practices. It is crucial to check on the invasiveness, risk involved, premise license, and service provider qualification before undergoing any aesthetic procedure. If in doubt, please contact the relevant authorities for confirmation,” the organization said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Shing’s friend, Ke Xin, took to Facebook to pay tribute to her.
“We met each other when we were 13 years old in Zun Kong Independent High School. At that time, you were very tall and was always the talk of the whole school no matter where you went. When you decided to get married next year, I was really happy and excited for you. I told myself that this important person in my life is about to embark on a new journey and I must work hard to earn money so that I can go to South Africa to witness such an important moment. In order to look perfect on the day, you decided to do this arm liposuction procedure on October 17, 2020. Suddenly the accident took your life away. You left me forever, your family and friends, your fiancé,” Xin wrote.