Chennai: 22-year-old medical student dies after hair transplant surgery

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Chennai: 22-year-old Santosh  Kumar. A final year MBBS student at Madras Medical College, Chennai, decided to undergo a hair transplant surgery. But on May 17 he died as a result of the surgery conducted at Advanced Robotic Hair Transplant centre in Nungambakkam. Chennai.

His parents claim that the doctors at the Advanced Robotic Hair Transplant Centre who had treated Santosh were not professional surgeons and that the  anaesthetist left soon after the procedure began. Both doctors responsible for the treatment are absconding.

“They earn fifty to sixty lakhs every day. For them, only money matters. They don’t value life. I lost my son in a short time. This should not happen to anyone. We need justice, arrest both doctors,” Santosh’s mother Ms Josbeen said. It is reported that she had paid Rs. 73,000 for her son’s hair transplant procedure.

Authorities state that the hair transplant centre had acquired a license only to run a hair salon which too expired two months ago. Despite having qualified doctors, the centre lacked the infrastructure to handle any complications resulting due to a surgery. It did not have an operation theatre or even a sterile place, officials observed. The centre has now been sealed by authorities and the drug controller has also recovered a huge stock of medicines that were kept over there without a licence.

The owners of the Advanced Robotic Hair Transplant Centre have now been sent a notice by the state medical council. The case has led the health department to recommended strict regulations for centres that deal with surgical procedures like hair and wart removal while masquerading as beauty salons, spas and hair treatment centres.