The Hush Post| 15:44 pm |two-minute-read
A 43-year-old businessman from Chandivali died within 48 hours after undergoing a hair transplant at a clinic in Chinchpokli, Mumbai.
Shrawan Chaudhary’s death has raised doubts among the medical fraternity as the Hair Restoration Surgery (HRS) is widely promoted as a safe procedure and the risk of death is extremely low. According to the Saki Naka police, Chaudhary was rushed to Hiranandani Hospital in Powai on Friday with breathlessness and swelling on the face and throat.
He succumbed early on Saturday and a post-mortem was conducted at Rajawadi Hospital. Doctors reserved their comments and sent his viscera and organs for further analysis.
Preliminary observation revealed that Chaudhary had symptoms of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, and suffered multi-organ failure.
ND Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone X, said an accidental death report has been filed.
He said, “The family is yet to approach us with a complaint. A First Information Report can be registered only after a committee of doctors from JJ Hospital establishes medical negligence.”
The Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons (AHRS), a body of over 300 doctors, has started inquiries into the case. Dr. Anil Garg, honorary secretary, AHRS, said, “We will issue a show cause notice to the doctor concerned to understand what exactly went wrong.”
As per AHRS norms, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, general surgeons, and ear nose and throat surgeons are allowed to perform HRS. Dr. Garg said, “The clinic was run by a dermatologist who has been carrying out the procedure for several years. The complications can be because of medication, unskilled and unqualified people, unhygienic clinics, infected instruments or an underlying condition of the person undergoing the transplant.”
In June 2016, a medical student died two days after undergoing a 10-hour-long hair transplant surgery in Chennai. The body had to be exhumed for an autopsy as a post-mortem was not carried out.
In July 2016, a non-resident Indian, who underwent HRS in Hyderabad, lost one eye. He developed complications, including swelling in the face and breathlessness.