Botched Boob Job Kills Woman

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The clinic which has now been closed. KT/Mai Vireak

Phnom Penh Municipal authorities have provisionally closed the De Beaute Clinic in Russey Keo district after a female patient died after a botched breast surgery operation on Sunday afternoon.
 
District governor Chea Pisey yesterday visited the plastic surgery clinic with prosecutor Srey Mak Ny and a medical team to inspect the facilities to see if there was any possible link to the death of 36-year-old victim Ros Sokny.   
 
According to a report from the district office, the team found fresh incision scars on Ms. Sokny’s nipples and directly below her breasts, as well as injection marks on both arms.
 
“It is our assumption that this woman may have died from a serious infectious disease after the breast surgery,” the report stated.
 
After the visit, Mr. Mak Ny made the decision to close the clinic until further notice.
 
Ms. Sokny’s husband, Phai Veasna, told Khmer Times yesterday that they had paid $3,000 for the breast enlargement surgery that took place on Thursday, but two days afterwards she had fallen ill but had received no help from De Beaute Clinic, which instead suggested she go to hospital.
 
“When I brought my wife to the ICU ward, the doctor checked and confirmed that my wife was very seriously ill because of sedatives that De Beaute Clinic had given, that had damaged her lungs, liver and kidney as well,” he said. He said his wife had been pronounced dead at 4:30pm on Sunday and her body was due to be cremated by her family in Kratie province on Wednesday.
 
“I filed a complaint to competent institutions including the district office and the Interior Ministry to find justice for my wife,” Mr. Veasna said, adding that he had called for clinic director Phe Thong to pay compensation and face possible criminal charges.
 
“What is important is to demand that authorities shut it down because I don’t want this problem to happen on anyone else,” said Mr. Veasna, declining to say how much compensation he was seeking.
 
He added that they had discovered the clinic from a Facebook advertisement. There was no mention of the closure on the clinic’s Facebook page last night, but numerous comments had been left by angry members of the public.
 
Bong Rith wrote: “Your clinic kills people. Shut up and shut your clinic down.” Rothny Ke was rather more blunt: “You guys should close ur business if you kill ppls like that,” she wrote.  
 
No one at the clinic could be reached for comment yesterday.
 
Muth Chantha, an assistant to deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, wrote on Facebook yesterday calling for everyone involved in the procedure that led to Ms. Sokny’s death to face the law.
 
“The Health Ministry is also responsible because it allows the operation of the clinic in providing beauty services,” Mr. Chantha wrote. “Before providing a license the ministry has to examine the necessary conditions such as technology, human resources, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals stocked.
 
“Now they found that this clinic does not have enough equipment and caused the infection in the victim as well.”
 
The clinic received an eight-year operating license in March 2015.
 
 

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