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Ho Chi Minh City cosmetic clinic suspended for dodging responsibility for client’s anaphylactic shock

Ho Chi Minh City cosmetic clinic suspended for dodging responsibility for client’s anaphylactic shock

Sunday, July 07, 2024, 16:21 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City cosmetic clinic suspended for dodging responsibility for client’s anaphylactic shock
The esthetic clinic in District 11, Ho Chi Minh City, where a woman received private-part plastic surgery and soon after suffered an anaphylactic shock. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health

A plastic surgery clinic in Ho Chi Minh City has been suspended for an investigation after it declined responsibility for the life-threatening anaphylactic shock suffered by a woman who had undergone ‘private-part plastic surgery’ there, according to local authorities.

The municipal Department of Health on Saturday said it had temporarily pulled the plug on the operation of the cosmetic clinic over the serious incident and would strictly handle it.

The agency also requested that city police launch a probe into the fraudulent activities conducted by the facility during its operation.

On Thursday, the department received a quick report from the city-based People's Hospital 115 regarding the hospitalization of N.T.B.T., who suffered an anaphylactic shock as a result of a cosmetic surgery at the Diva Saigon Aesthetic Clinic, as shown in its signboard, located on Ba Thang Hai Street in District 11.  

After the surgery on her private parts, T. left the clinic for a pharmacy to buy medications as per the prescription and then fainted there, according to the report.

The pharmacy’s staff promptly gave T. first aid for an anaphylactic shock and took her to the hospital for further treatment.

When an inspection team from the department visited the clinic for verification, the facility’s staff vehemently resisted, insisting that no woman named N.T.B.T. had received esthetic surgery there.

The clinic’s representative only admitted it after surveillance footage showed images of the victim.

Notably, all members of the surgical team that performed the private-part plastic surgery on N.T.B.T. were not listed as registered medical workers at the clinic, according to the inspectors.

Than Van Hung, the doctor in charge of the clinic’s medical expertise, was not present when the surgery took place.

Most seriously, those who performed the plastic surgery on T. are not doctors and do not possess medical practice certificates.

They impersonated 'Dr. Minh Tuyet' or 'Assistant to Dr. Tuyet' when advertising their services on Facebook and chat app Zalo to fraudulently attract customers, according to inspectors.

N., referred to as ‘the main surgeon’ of the procedure, stated that she had been trained in private-part plastic surgery at spa and skincare training facilities.

Shortly after the surgery with anesthesia was completed, the clinic allowed T. to leave, and she soon suffered a life-threatening anaphylactic shock, according to the inspection team.

The team also discovered that the clinic was originally owned by Diva SG Company Limited and named 'Diva Saigon Aesthetic Clinic.'

However, it was later transferred to Kadia MTV Company Limited, another local firm, and its name no longer includes 'Diva Saigon.'

Despite this, the clinic failed to report these changes to health authorities for re-licensing procedures, and its signboard still displays the former name, inspectors stated.

The health department strongly condemned the clinic’s gross violation of professional ethics and requested that city police investigate and strictly handle the fraudulent acts committed by the facility.

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