Model suffers from 'sleeping beauty syndrome' after botched collagen jab
The Nation/Asia News Network
By Pongphon Sarnsamak
BANGKOK, Thailand - A 33-year-old female promotional model became severely ill after she received a collagen injection at a condominium in Bangkok's Lat Phrao area from a man who claimed he was a doctor.
She developed a severe complication five minutes after receiving an injection of collagen solution to smooth out wrinkles in her hip.
Her heart stopped beating and her brain was damaged due to lack of oxygen.
She is now undergoing medical treatment at a private hospital for what's been diagnosed as "sleeping beauty syndrome", or Kleine-Levin syndrome, a neurological disorder characterised by excessive sleep.
The case has prompted Thailand's Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri to instruct the Health Service Support Department (HSSD) to inspect and strictly control beauty and aesthetic clinics nationwide.
Clinic operators who are found to be giving beauty injections without medical licenses will serve jail sentences, he added.
"Legal experts and health officials are now investigating the cause of the severe illness of a promotional model," said Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong, the HSSD's deputy director general.
Injecting collagen or other substances into your body in an effort to keep looking young might cause adverse side effects and even death, Dr Tares added.