A 23-year-old bride-to-be has died after undergoing a cosmetic procedure at an unlicensed salon, ahead of her wedding day.
Coco Siew was getting liposuction done on her arms in anticipation for her big day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Allegedly, once Ms Siew was injected with anaesthetic in her arms, her heart rate slowed and she started convulsing less than an hour later, local news website The Star reported.
She was rushed to hospital, where she died later that day on October 17.
Ms Siew had delayed her wedding to South African Ewald du Plessis due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The two had been together for over four years, The Star reported and Mr du Plessis is reportedly close to Ms Siew’s family.
Her family has lodged a complaint with the police and speaking to local media, Ms Siew’s brother, Xiao Mingan said when questioning the owner of the salon, it was revealed they were not licensed to carry out the procedure.
"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, according to The Strait Times.
"The beautician who performed the procedure for my sister did not have a professional licence."
The mother and daughter who owned the salon were detained by police, however they have since been released on bail, The Star reported.
The Health Ministry is also conducting their own investigation into the salon.
According to The Strait Times, local media reports at least 10 people had undergone the procedure at the salon, the cost of the procedure was
Mr Xiao said his sister worked as a model and lived a healthy life. He hopes his sister’s death will serve as a warning to other young women.
Following the news of her death, friends and family made tributes to Ms Siew.
Ms Siew’s cousin said their relationship was that of sisters.
According to The Star, the cousin, who did not want to be identified, described Ms Siew as “very free-spirited and determined, happy, and sometimes, a little too innocent”.
On Facebook, one of Ms Siew’s friends, Ke Xin, wrote about how the two met in school during their teenage years, explaining how Ms Siew stood up for her when other students bullied her.
“You immediately stood up and called out the group of bullies, took my hand and dragged me to the disciplinary teacher’s office to lodge a report about the boys. It was from there that our friendship gradually blossomed,” she wrote.
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