Teenage girl dies after a nose job as she suffers from a rare muscle syndrome caused by anaesthesia
- 19-year-old died from malignant hyperthermia, a severe reaction during surgery
- Xia Lisha experienced a high fever, increased heart rate and muscle spasms
- She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead
- Girl from south-west China had been saving up for a year to get the nose job
A 19-year-old girl has died after undergoing a nose job at a plastic surgery hospital in south-west China.
The university student, identified as Xia Lisha, died from malignant hyperthermia, a severe reaction caused by anaesthesia, during the procedure at Li Mei Kang Plastic Surgery Hospital in Guiyang, Guizhou province last Thursday.
During the surgery, the girl experienced a high fever, increased heart rate and severe muscle spasms. She was immediately transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the local government.
The 19-year-old university student, identified as Xia Lisha (pictured), died from malignant hyperthermia, a severe reaction caused by anaesthesia, during the procedure at Li Mei Kang Plastic Surgery Hospital in Guiyang, south-west China’s Guizhou province
During the surgery, the girl had a high fever, increased heart rate and severe muscle spasms
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Founded in 2004, Li Mei Kang is a listed company and claims to be the largest and most reputable plastic surgery hospital in Guiyang city, according to Chinese reports.
The girl paid 26,900 yuan (£3,106) for the procedure, which was performed by an attending physician surnamed Zhang.
An autopsy has been ordered on the body and the relevant authorities are conducting an investigation into the girl’s death, according to the Yunyan district government in a notice.
Her mother, Wang Tianqin, told CCTV her daughter has been saving up for the nose job since 2017 by taking up part-time work. She was studying to become a nurse.
Founded in 2004, Li Mei Kang is a listed company and claims to be the largest and most reputable plastic surgery hospital in Guiyang city, according to Chinese media
A photo of the Xia displayed at the hospital reception. An autopsy has been ordered on the body and the relevant authorities are conducting an investigation into the girl’s death
She said Xia was wheeled into the operating room at 1pm but she became concerned after more than four hours, knowing that the procedure would take less than four hours.
Finally at around 8pm, hospital staff informed Wang her daughter had a reaction to anaesthesia and was being transported to the Affiliated Hospital of Guiyang Medical College across the street.
‘We reached the hospital – only to have a doctor tell me that my daughter is dead,’ Wang said in tears.
‘The doctor said my daughter was not breathing and did not have a heartbeat when she arrived at the hospital,’ she said.
What is malignant hyperthermia (MH)?
Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a genetic disease that involves people who have a complication with general anaesthesia.
With MH, there can be a bad reaction where the patient’s body temperature increase dramatically, to the point that it’s dangerous and even deadly, as well as an increased heart rate and muscle spasms.
Though rare (about 100 to 200 cases are reported in the US each year), anaesthesiologists are always on the lookout for this severe reaction.
A drug called dantrolene, available everywhere gas aesthetics are used in the US, is the antidote.
‘She just wanted to be pretty, she doesn’t deserve to die like this,’ the devastated mother said.
Hospital records show that the girl started experiencing malignant hyperthermia at 5:30pm and had a fever reaching 42ºC, according to the CCTV report.
The Xia family and the hospital reached a mediation agreement on Tuesday. Persons close to the matter told KanKan News that the Xias received about 3.5 million yuan (£405,000) in compensation.
The National Health Commission has been cracking down on unregulated cosmetic clinics, handing down punishments in more than 2,700 cases involving legal violations and irregularities in cosmetic surgery services in the past year, according to China Daily.
Health authorities across China have revoked the permits of 28 cosmetic surgery providers, including medical institutions, ordered 47 vocational training institutes to cease illegal services and ordered service providers to correct 743 cosmetic surgery advertisements.
Police have shut down 728 sites producing or selling fake drugs for cosmetic surgery valued at nearly 700 million yuan (£80 million), the authority said.
The number of complaints filed by consumers over disfigurement caused by botched cosmetic surgery across China exceeds 20,000 annually, according to CCTV.
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