Police arrested four people working for a plastic surgery clinic in Taipei where a Hong Kong woman died during a liposuction operation for breast enlargement.
The 52-year-old woman, surnamed Ma, was a single mother residing in Hong Kong who traveled a lot to Macau, Taiwan and mainland China in connection with her wholesale jewelry business, Apple Daily reports.
She had been a customer of Just Make Plastic Clinic since four years ago and even had introduced several friends to the clinic for plastic surgery.
Dr. Pete Lee Jin-liang, founder and head of the clinic, is well known in Taiwan. He is married to a celebrity.
Ma reportedly went to the clinic on Tuesday to undergo a “breast augmentation by fat transfer” operation, which cost about NT$700,000 (HK$188,000).
The surgeon, surnamed Liu, put Ma under anesthesia for the liposuction procedure, but before he could put the extracted fat into her breasts to make them bigger, the patient suddenly fell into a coma. The doctor found that she had no heartbeat.
Ma was then sent to Cathay General Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Liu, the anesthesiologist and two nurses at the clinic were arrested.
It is understood that the anesthesiologist was not present during the operation.
A post-mortem examination is scheduled for Friday to ascertain the cause of death.
The clinic is said to be inclined to provide compensation for the patient’s family, but her son has decided to file a lawsuit instead.
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