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Police opens probe into patient death after cosmetic surgery

All Headlines 18:08 March 11, 2014

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- Police said Tuesday they have launched an investigation into the death of a woman who had cosmetic surgery at a Seoul clinic.

The 34-year-old patient, whose name was withheld, fell unconscious after getting liposuction and a nose job at the clinic in Gangnam, an uptown area in southern Seoul, on Thursday, said the officers at the Seongdong Police Station.

She died before being transferred to a general hospital, they added.

The case is the latest in a series of deaths allegedly due to complications from surgeries performed at plastic surgery hospitals and clinics nationwide.

In December, a 19-year-old high school graduate slipped into coma after having routine eyelids and nose procedures at another well-known clinic in the Gangnam area.

Last month, a 33-year-old woman died from alleged complications from the jaw reduction surgery at a hospital in the southern port city of Busan.

Investigators said they will call in the surgeon on the case to find whether there had been any negligence and that they have requested an autopsy report on the victim.

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