Date
21 September 2017
Wong Ching-bor, 65, said she lost both feet and four fingers of her right hand after a beauty clinic injected her with a fluid as part of a beauty treatment in 2012. Photo: iCable
Wong Ching-bor, 65, said she lost both feet and four fingers of her right hand after a beauty clinic injected her with a fluid as part of a beauty treatment in 2012. Photo: iCable

Woman says beauty treatment led to amputations

A woman said she lost both feet and four fingers of her right hand after a beauty clinic injected her with a fluid as part of a beauty treatment in 2012, a court heard on Monday.

Wong Ching-bor, 65, gave an emotional testimony at the start of the trial of two doctors and a laboratory technician, who are facing one count of manslaughter over the death of a woman given a beauty therapy in the same year, Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The patient, Chan Yuen­-lam, 46, died of septic shock and multiple organ failure a week after receiving the treatment from DR Group.

The defendants – Dr. Mak Wan-ling; Dr. Stephen Chow Heung-wing, founder of DR Group; and technician Chan Kwun-chung – pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In her testimony, Wong, who had become a customer of the group since 2008, said she refused a few treatments recommended by the group but accepted one called “cytokine-induced killer”,  Apple Daily reported.

On October 3, 2012, Wong told the court, Dr. Mak injected a beige fluid into her body as part of a “cell replacement therapy” without telling her what it was.

About 15 minutes after receiving the injection, Wong started to feel cold and her internal organs trembling, leaving her extremely uncomfortable, she said.

She was later diagnosed with sepsis, which led to the amputation of her legs and fingers as well as hearing impairment.

Wong was also forced to quit the primary school where she was teaching. She was one of the four victims named in the lawsuit.

The hearing continues on Tuesday.

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