Police arrested the owner and an employee of a beauty parlor in Tsim Sha Tsui after a female customer fell into a coma after being given an adrenaline shot, Apple Daily reports.
According to Superintendent Chan Tsz-leung, assistant commander of the Yau Tsim District Crime Squad, a worker of the beauty center called in at 2:36 p.m. on Monday to report that a female customer suddenly became unconscious.
Police and paramedics rushed to a flat at Yiu Kei Mansion on Austin Road, where the center is located, and sent the woman to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
She was in critical condition, and remained at the intensive care unit of the hospital as of Monday night.
Investigation revealed that the woman, 55, was at the beauty parlor for a facelift treatment.
It is believed that the beautician, instead of injecting her with anesthetic, gave her a shot of adrenaline instead.
Police found the clinic has been operating without a license since May last year, charging between HK$480 and HK$2,800 for various services.
The beautician who performed the treatment was on a two-way permit from the mainland, and does not have a Hong Kong license to provide the service.
Investigators collected 14 samples of the medication at the parlor and CCTV footage of the premises.
Adrenaline is categorized in Hong Kong as Part 1 poison and must be used by a registered doctor, or authorized by a prescription from a registered doctor before use.
Under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance, those who sell or possess unregistered pharmaceutical products, Part 1 poisons or prescription drugs will face a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment plus a fine of HK$100,000 if convicted.
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