A woman has been charged with using poison to endanger life after a customer she allegedly performed a “medical procedure” on at a Sydney beauty clinic suffered from a cardiac arrest.
The incident occurred at The Medi Beauty clinic in Chippendale, in inner city Sydney, just before 3pm on Wednesday. Paramedics were called to the scene to treat a woman suffering from a medical episode.
The 35-year-old customer was unconscious and not breathing when paramedics arrived, and was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
She remained at the hospital in a critical condition on Thursday morning.
According to its website, The Medi Beauty is a “laser and contour clinic” and specialises in non-surgical facelifts, skin tightening, fat freezing and “anti-wrinkle injections”.
The clinic recently opened in the Central Park development in Sydney, with its website stating it is staffed by registered nurses and doctors.
Police questioned at least four staff members after the incident on Wednesday afternoon, Nine News reported.
Detectives from Redfern Local Area Command launched an investigation and, on Thursday morning, said they had laid charges in relation to the incident.
A 33-year-old woman was charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and using poison so as to endanger life.
The woman was released on police bail, and is due to appear in Central Local Court on Thursday.
The clinic operators declined to comment on the incident when contacted by Fairfax Media on Wednesday.
The Medi Beauty clinic is part of a chain which first opened in Victoria.
Cosmetic treatments involving skin penetration are regulated with NSW Health monitoring clinic standards.
The Chippendale clinic’s website states: “All of our treatments and equipment meet the highest industry standards and conform to all required legislation. All treatment facilities, materials, resources and products meet the stringent requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Medicines Australia.”
The TGA regulates the supply, import, export, manufacturing and advertising of therapeutic goods. It does not regulate cosmetics. Medicines Australia is an industry group representing pharmaceutical companies.
Medicines Australia released a statement on Thursday saying it had no association with the Medi Beauty clinic.
“First and foremost, Medicines Australia hopes that the customer makes a full and quick recovery,” the statement read.
“Medicines Australia in no way regulates or has any association with the operators of the Medi Beauty Clinic or any medical clinic operating in Australia.
“We encourage all Australians to seek the advice of a qualified medical professional when considering taking a medicine or undergoing a medical procedure.