Indonesian brain-dead after facelift surgery here

PHOTO: Indonesian brain-dead after facelift surgery here

SINGAPORE - An Indonesian man undergoing facelift surgery at Camden Medical Centre has been declared brain-dead.

Doctors at the aesthetic clinic sent him to Gleneagles hospital on Thursday, reported Chinese broadsheet Lianhe Zaobao.

When reporters called the aesthetic clinic, unnamed in the report, on Friday morning, the person who answered evaded questions and ended the conversation hastily.

The doctor allegedly responsible has reportedly many years of experience and training in aesthetics, accordingly to a profile on the clinic's website.

Under records held by the Singapore Medical Council, however, he is classified as a general practitioner.

This case comes on the heels of two other botched aesthetic surgeries, which resulted in fatalities.

In 2009, the head of a property firm died from accidental punctures to his intestines, which happened during a liposuction operation performed by family physician Dr Jim Wong.

The doctor, who operated from an Orchard Road clinic, was banned from doing liposuction after a coroner's inquiry in Mr Franklin Heng's death.

Dr Wong and another doctor who assisted the procedure are also facing claims of over $1 million from the estate of the victim, who was divorced with two young children.

In a separate case last June, Madam Mandy Yeong, 44, died following her liposuction procedure at a Clarke Quay clinic.

About an hour after the surgery, the head of regional market development for Roche Diagnostic Asia Pacific collapsed and later died.

Last month, the courts ruled her death a misadventure.


This article was first published on May 25, 2014.
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