New Delhi: Complications from a “fat-free” plastic surgery allegedly claimed the life of Kannada TV actor Chethana Raj (21), who breathed her last Monday in Bengaluru.
She reportedly underwent the procedure at Dr Shetty’s Cosmetic Centre in Bengaluru on the morning of 16 May.
Alarmed by the accumulation of fluid in Raj’s lungs post-surgery, doctors at the clinic reportedly rushed her to Kaade Hospital where, according to a statement given to police, efforts were made for 45 minutes to resuscitate her.
The patient could not be revived as it appeared that she was brought dead, Dr Sandeep V — an ICU intensivist at Kaade Hospital — said in a report filed at the Basaveshwar Nagar police station.
According to Sandeep, Melvin, an anaesthesiologist from Dr Shetty’s Cosmetic Centre, barged into the hospital with a patient (Chethana Raj) around 5.30 pm Monday. The anaesthesiologist, the report says, disregarded “all the protocols of the hospital” while “threatening its security”.
“Our doctors were forced to toe the line of Dr Melvin and team with threats and though they were aware that the patient was brought dead, they were coerced into declaring only at 06:45 pm, for reasons best known to them. We strongly object to this kind of behaviour by these doctors and if necessary, we may decide to file a report against them. This report is being sent to you to bring to your notice this incident which does not appear normal,” the report added.
The actor’s family has alleged negligence by Dr Shetty’s Cosmetic Centre as a factor in her death. No immediate statement was made by Dr Shetty’s Cosmetic Centre.
In 2015, Telugu actor Aarthi Agarwal had died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 31, following a liposuction surgery in New Jersey.
Liposuction — a cosmetic surgery that targets excess body fat — is one of the procedures offered by Dr Shetty’s, but details of the procedure that Raj underwent are unclear.
Liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery. It involves the use of a cannula to suck out fat from targeted portions of the body. The surgery usually has short-term benefits, with fat likely to return to the treated areas within a few months.
Although the procedure is considered to be safe, a survey conducted in the US in 2000 found that the incidence of death among those who undergo liposuction was higher than fatality rates among victims of road accidents.
One study from Brazil found that pulmonary thromboembolism — a blockage in one of the arteries in the lungs — was the most common cause of death after a liposuction surgery.
According to a global survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), India ranked fourth in the world in the number of cosmetic procedures performed — 9,35,487 — in 2015.
(Edited by Amrtansh Arora)