Chinese tourist charged over botched medical procedure at Sydney beauty clinic that left woman fighting for life

Incident occurred during a breast procedure

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 August, 2017, 7:23pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 August, 2017, 7:32pm

A Chinese woman with no Australian medical license has been arrested for administering an anaesthetic to a woman at a Sydney beauty salon who then suffered cardiac arrest, officials said Thursday.

They said Jie Shao was charged with causing reckless grievous bodily harm and using poison to endanger the life of the woman during the breast procedure Wednesday at the Medi Beauty Laser and Contour Clinic. She faces a possible penalty of 20 years in jail.

Jean Huang was hospitalised in critical condition. It is understood that Huang is the owner of the clinic where the procedure was performed.

“If she does not survive there’ll be more serious charges laid,” the prosecutor said during Jie’s bail application at Central Local Court on Thursday.

The prosecutor told the court Jie had admitted in a police interview that she had administered an anaesthetic despite not being a licensed medical practitioner in Australia. He said Jie had a reservation on Thursday to return to China, where she lives with her husband, and was a flight risk. The magistrate denied the bail request.

Jie’s lawyer, Mary Underwood, said she was a graduate of a Chinese medical university and had arrived in Australia several days earlier on a tourist visa.