A woman who wanted to lose weight to look good on her wedding day tragically died after she underwent liposuction at a beauty salon that was not licensed to perform the procedure.
Coco Siew Zhi Shing, 23, died on Saturday, October 17, following the botched procedure at the beauty salon in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ms Siew had been preparing for her wedding and wanted to look her best at the once-in-a-lifetime event, her brother Xiao Mingan told Sin Chew Daily.
She had found the beauty salon online while scouring the Internet for liposuction-related treatments, and signed up for a RM2,500 (£466) procedure to extract fat from her arms, Mr Xiao said.
On Saturday afternoon, Ms Siew visited the salon for the first time, accompanied by a friend.
Local media reports suggest she received an injection for anaesthesia upon arrival but about half an hour later she started to feel unwell.
After another half an hour, her heartbeat stopped, according to the reports.
She was rushed to hospital but despite medics' efforts to resuscitate her she was tragically declared dead at around 5pm.
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Mr Xiao said his family feel especially grieved that they did not arrive at the hospital in time to see his sister before she died.
The owner of the beauty salon was not present during the procedure and did not appear at the hospital until 8pm, he said.
"After our repeated questioning, the person in charge of the salon finally revealed that they were not licensed to conduct such medical procedures, but were licensed only for normal beauty treatments," Mr Xiao told Sin Chew Daily.
"The beautician who performed the procedure for my sister did not have a professional licence."
The two owners of the beauty salon, a woman and her daughter, have been detained to assist in investigations into Ms Siew's death, The Star newspaper reported.
"We are still ascertaining the cause of death," Kuala Lumpur police chief Saiful Azly Kamaruddin told a press conference at the Sentul police headquarters on Monday.
Liposuction packages at the salon were advertised for between RM1,500 and RM3,800, and it has performed the procedure on at least 10 customers, according to local media reports.
Mr Xiao said his sister led a healthy and fit lifestyle and cared greatly about her looks. She had come in first in an Asian modelling competition in 2014, he added.
He said: "I hope my sister's experience will serve as a warning to many young women."
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