Beauty salon suspended from operation after foreigner’s death

The Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City and police yesterday worked with representative of Viet Thanh beauty salon about the death of a foreign man during an extra-skin removal operation at the beauty salon next day.
Dr. Nguyen Viet Thanh who is in charge of the salon said that the victim is American national Edward Hartley, 53. Hartley had loose skin near his waist and back after losing some 18kg, so he visited the Viet Thanh beauty salon on Su Van Hanh Street in District 10 on July 19 for excess skin removal.
The surgeon performed the operation to remove his belly fat.
After conducting a check-up for the U.S. man in the morning, Dr. Thanh asked him to come back later for the operation. As scheduled, Hartley returned at 4:00 pm the same day for the surgery.
However, only around 15 minutes after receiving anesthesia, Dr. Thanh found out that the American patient started to show signs of vasodepressor, or the reduction of tone in blood vessels, resulting in lower blood pressure.
Doctor Thanh was quick to carry out emergency treatment to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in the man along with calling for assistance from the nearby Trung Vuong Hospital.
20 minutes later, Trung Vuong doctors arrived at the beauty to provide intensive treatment yet all attempts to save Hartley were unrewarded. Then, the beauty salon informed the authorities after the patient was declared dead.
All medical records of the foreign man were kept by police for further probe.
Through checking, inspection from the Department of Health found that the Viet Thanh clinic was not licensed to perform excess skin removal.
Accordingly, the beauty salon was temporarily shut down, waiting for a conclusion on the death of Hartley.

By THANH AN - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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