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Chinese woman left paralysed, in coma after botched beauty treatment

27-year-old suffered embolism after unqualified therapist injected fat cells into a blood vessel serving her brain

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 August, 2017, 12:06pm
UPDATED : Monday, 07 August, 2017, 12:10pm

A Chinese woman is recovering in hospital after a botched beauty treatment left her in a coma and paralysed down her left side, state television reported.

The 27-year-old, who was not named, visited the Sumei clinic in Nanning, capital of southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, to undergo a procedure to have fat injected into her right temple, China Central Television reported on Sunday.

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The person conducting the treatment, however, was not qualified to do so, and after extracting fat from the woman’s thigh made a serious error while injecting it back into her right temple. Some of the fat cells entered a blood vessel serving the brain and caused an embolism, the report said.

The woman fell into a coma and was rushed to the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine, where she was found also to have suffered hemiplegia – paralysis – to her left side as a result of the increased pressure on her brain caused by the fat injection.

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Since being admitted to the hospital, the woman has undergone four operations to remove the fat cells from the blood vessel. She is now in a stable condition, but remains paralysed on her left side and the embolism has yet to be completely removed, doctors were quoted as saying.

Following a joint investigation by police and health authorities, the manager of the clinic and the person who carried out the procedure were taken into custody.

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The report did not name the people involved or provide a time frame for any of the incidents, but said the investigation was ongoing.